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For Students Who Entered Prior to Fall 2011

Students who entered Hampshire College prior to fall 2011 are not required to complete the CEL-2 requirement, but must instead complete the Community Service Requirement (see description below).

If you and your advisor have agreed that you will be doing a CEL-2 requirement in place of the Community Service Requirement, you will need to complete the appropriate paper forms.

Please email for instructions and the paper forms.

Community Service Requirement

Hampshire's commitment to community-based learning and service emerges in part from the obligation that all institutions of higher learning have to serve the larger communities of which they are a part. This commitment also emerges from Hampshire's distinctive pedagogy, which stresses engaged scholarship and development of the critical inquiry and leadership skills necessary to enable students to participate responsibly in a complex world.

The fulfillment of the community service requirement should provide the student with the opportunity to contribute in a substantial manner to the College and/or to meeting critical needs as defined by community-based organizations outside the College. The nature of the service provided should complement students' individualized academic programs and encourage them to collaborate in helping communities to address important needs. To the extent possible, Hampshire encourages students to integrate their community-based service learning experiences into their academic work and to document this work through reflective writing in the Division II portfolio.

To satisfy the community service requirement the student must satisfactorily complete substantial service opportunities that have been approved by the Division II committee. Evaluations of community service must be submitted to and recorded by the central records office prior to passing the Division II concentration.


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