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Div II Basics for Transfers

  • For students attending college for the first time, Division I comprises the first two semesters, Division II the next four semesters, and Division III the final two semesters. So Division I takes one year, Division II takes two years, and Division III takes one year.
  • For transfer students, Division II encompasses four semesters (two years') worth of work, some of which may be from your previous college or university.
  • Division II is a concentration of academic work developed with the guidance of a faculty committee in one or more areas of study. It can include other (non-related) courses and activities to enrich your educational experience.
  • Work in your concentration can include courses, field study in the United States or abroad, internships and other approved learning activities. All activities must be evaluated, approved by your Division II committee for inclusion in your Division II portfolio, and recorded by Central Records.
  • Division II is directed by a two-person Hampshire College faculty committee, one chair and one member. Your committee chair becomes your academic advisor.
  • Division II includes engagement with multiple cultural perspectives:
    • Non-Western perspectives 
    • Race in the United States 
    • How knowledge and power relate to these
  • Includes Community Engaged Learning (CEL II). Transfer students complete CEL II but not CEL I. Learn more on the CEL webpage.
  • Documented by a retrospective essay and portfolio of work

Resources for learning more about Division II, checking the guidelines, and locating faculty to serve on your committee:

PARC is the Peer Academic Advising Center, 1st floor of the library, x5425. PARC has copies of completed Division II portfolios.

CASA is the Center for Academic Support and Advising, Lemelson Building, x5498. Be sure to visit the CASA WebPage on Hampshire's intranet.

Student Handbook

Faculty bios are listed on Hampshire College website under Academics

Course descriptions on TheHub complement the bios by indicating faculty interests

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