Gretchen Holbrook
Professor of English
Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography
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What is an Honors RAP?

Honors Residential Academic Programs (RAP) are intentionally designed programs for honors students who want to live together and take honors courses together. A few Honors RAPs require a declared major (Isenberg School of Management, College of Engineering, and the School of Nursing) and others are multidisciplinary, allowing any student interested in exploring the topic a bit more to join. 

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Rising out of the ground at a rapid pace at UMass Amherst is the university's $186 million Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex on Commonwealth Avenue. At the peak of construction, more than 400 workers will be on site. The 1,500-bed facility will also include classrooms, a conference center, study space and a café. The complex will open in fall 2013.

Choose Your Own Adventure: BDIC's Jack Monaco Edition
Thu, 12/14/2017
Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10

What does it mean, to be part of the BDIC program? For BDIC alumni Jack Monaco, it meant proving to himself what he really wanted to do with his life. Always passionate about theatre and English, Monaco hadn’t fully committed himself until he chose to use both disciplines to build his own major: screenwriting.

CHC Student Ambassador
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Jonathan is a CHC Student Ambassador and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College. He is a member of the class of 2019 and will be earning a degree in Economics with minors in Chinese, Military Leadership and Anthropology. In addition to being a CHC Student Ambassador, Jonathan continues to be involved in UMass recruitment by serving as a Coordinator for Diversity Recruitment and Enrollment under the Provost Office. Upon graduation, Jonathan will commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and apply for the Federal Legal Education Program in order earn his JD in International Law. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, traveling and speaking Mandarin with his classmates.



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