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Division III

In their final year, each Hampshire student designs and completes an advanced independent study project dealing with a sophisticated and complex set of questions, concepts, and skills – all advised and assessed by a faculty committee recruited by the student.

Division III is your chance to make change. Do the research no one’s ever done, present it and publish your thesis. Launch a tech start-up, or a social entrepreneur venture. Build and program a robot. Write a textbook that revolutionizes how Modern Standard Arabic, or middle-school science, is taught. Write a novel. Develop original curriculum. Produce a feature documentary, or your own choreographed dance performance. Design and distribute new software or apps. Create and present a portfolio of original works. Design and curate an interactive art exhibit.

View a Sampling of Division III Projects

While Division III students devote the major part of their year to the independent study project, students must also undertake two advanced educational activities while engaged in Div III.  Just as we expect scholars and artists to move beyond their fields of expertise and participate in collective activities that help to invigorate intellectual life, students are expected to engage in activities concurrent with their Div III that broaden the scope of their intellectual endeavor and make their skills and viewpoints available to the College and community at large.

All Division III and advanced educational activities must demonstrate a serious academic/intellectual approach and engagement at an advanced level. They must indicate semester-long involvement, be evaluated by faculty, and take place in a setting that permits interactions with other students working at an advanced level.

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