|Students complete a major independent project: a body of writing, art, or performance; or scholarly or scientific research. They take advanced seminars, teach classes, mentor younger students. They enroll in graduate-level courses.||Semester 7|
In the final year, students undertake a major independent study project with the guidance of a committee. Typically, Division III projects explore in depth a specific aspect of the student's Division II work. Division III students devote the major part of their time to the independent study project.
Students must also undertake two advanced educational activities while they are engaged in Division III work. The first of these activities must be an advanced level course or supervised teaching activity. The second may be one of the above activities, a supervised internship, or a course of independent study for which the student is properly registered.
A student's readiness to be awarded the Hampshire College degree is indicated by the satisfactory completion of advanced studies in Division III. During Division III, each student fully develops the conceptual and expressive skills appropriate to his or her field of interest.
The Advanced Independent Study Project
Each student designs, implements, and completes an advanced independent study project dealing with a sophisticated and complex set of questions, concepts, skills, and abilities. The completed project should clearly demonstrate the student's ability to perform advanced work.
The culmination of the Division III project--whether a thesis, portfolio, film, exhibit, recital, performance, or committee-approved combination of these--must be in a form that can be evaluated by committee members.
Division III Advanced Educational Activities
We expect scholars and artists to move beyond the boundaries of their particular fields of expertise and to participate in the collective activities that help to define and invigorate intellectual life. In a similar way, students are expected to engage in activities concurrent with their Division III independent study project that have the double goal of broadening the scope of their intellectual endeavor and making their more mature skills and viewpoints available to the College at large.
All 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 who are working at an advanced level.
Students are required to undertake and successfully complete two advanced educational activities while they are engaged in Division III work. The primary advanced activity must be an advanced level course or supervised teaching activity. The other may be one of the above activities, a supervised internship, or a course of independent study for which the student is properly registered.
If the student and committee decide on an internship or independent study, that activity and its rationale must be explained in the Division III contract so that when it is reviewed in the School, the reader understands the reason for the proposal. In all cases, the student's primary activity must be an advanced course, or supervised teaching.