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Division I

Division I is about bridging subjects. You’ll be exposed to a wide range of critical, scientific, and creative approaches from across the academic program, and encouraged to explore connections among subject areas. You’ll be mentored by an advisor, the professor of one of your fall-semester courses. All the work you do is project-based, so you’ll start getting your hands dirty on day one.

Actively negotiated at each step by the student and advisor, Division I paves the way for a well-conceived individualized concentration in Division II, and, ultimately, for Division III, upon completion of which all graduating students are expected to be fully capable of conceptualizing and executing advanced independent projects.

In Division I, students are exposed to a wide range of distinct critical, scientific, and creative approaches across the academic program and encouraged to make critical connections between and across subjects and methodologies and asked to engage in collaborative projects that maintain and improve the Hampshire campus community outside of the classroom.

A student's advisor will periodically review academic progress during and at the end of each semester of Division I to identify the student's developing areas of strength as well as indications of the need for further study.


During their first two semesters of enrollment, first-year students must complete satisfactorily at least seven faculty-evaluated courses (which may include independent study), four of which must meet areas of distribution in four of the five distribution areas, and a Campus Engaged Learning Activity (CEL-1).

The five distribution areas, which faculty have identified as characteristic of and fundamental to Hampshire's distinctive academic program, are:

  • Arts, Design, and Media (ADM)
  • Culture, Humanities, and Languages (CHL)
  • Mind, Brain, and Information (MBI)
  • Physical and Biological Sciences (PBS)
  • Power, Community, and Social Justice (PCSJ)

Learn more about Division I requirements

Roadmap to Division I

Print out this roadmap to the Divisional process (pdf).

More Information

CEL-1 Requirement
Div I Requirements
Procedures for Div I
Role of the Advisor
Important Dates and Deadlines
Div II
Advising Office

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