Division I is designed for exploration and for learning new ways of working across a wide range of critical, scientific, and creative approaches through our transdisciplinary curriculum. Students learn and practice academic, interpersonal, and collaborative skills to engage in meaningful work with others, including campus-engaged learning. Students are supported to develop skills for engaging in project-based learning, deepening their ability to pose and pursue authentic questions through collaborative or other mentored projects. Students are mentored by an advisor who will guide them through the selection of courses; and are also mentored through advising networks of students, staff, and faculty. Read more here >>
To complete Division I, students must complete satisfactorily at least seven faculty-evaluated courses, two of which must be Division I seminars, and 40 hours of Community Engaged Learning (CEL-1). Five College courses graded C or better may be used to satisfy Division I electives (generally not taken in the first semester of enrollment). The Divisional Seminars are a cornerstone of Hampshire’s Divisional system, and support students’ growth across their academic trajectory, including at key transitions between Divisions.
Students take two Div I seminars, innovative courses taught by teams of faculty in different fields, all focused on a single question of contemporary relevance. Each seminar embeds different disciplinary approaches, enabling students’ learning about a wide range of skills and approaches to the topic. Staff educators on the teaching teams support workshops that orient students to Hampshire’s academic program and available resources, and peer mentors additionally support students’ learning inside and outside of the classroom. Div I seminars are large enough to creatively shift between small and larger groups to enable flexibility in facilitating cohort-based experiences of learning in community with others.