Sophomores-Serve is a two-semester program that provides CHC students with hands-on learning and practical skills for engaging with the public. This program focuses on the links between science and public policy. 

Using the food environment as a stepping stone, students explore the questions:

  • How does where we live influence what we eat?
  • What determines the availability of healthful foods in our communities?
  • What options do we have as engaged scholars to facilitate changes in a local community and beyond?
The Service

Students work individually or in small groups to explore connections between service, research, and public policy. The service sites and service projects provide experiences that have a connection to the food environment, such as housing, transportation, food marketing or farming practices. Current examples of service sites are Amherst Survival Center, Amherst Senior Center, and Not Bread Alone.

Students will complete 30 hours of community service in the fall semester of their sophomore year.


The program is offered to current first-year CHC students of any major. This program is a great match for students interested in public policy, science, and issues related to the food environment.


The application can be found here. The deadline for applying is Friday, March 2, 2018.


Please contact Melissa Woglom, director of student programs at Commonwealth Honors College, at or 413.577.3909.

The Courses

“Soph-Serve” courses are led by Lisa M. Troy PhD, assistant professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and Commonwealth Honors College professor in nutrition, who draws upon her experience in the U.S. Senate and with public health programs. Students enroll in the following course sequence: