澳门葡京博彩软件的文科框架为学生提供了一个关于世界过去的有效视角, 现在和将来. 学生们在七个主要的知识领域学习:文学, 历史研究, 社会科学, 自然科学, ma的matics 和 分析哲学, 的 arts 和 a 外语.


文科框架内的每个学科都为学生提供了一个关于世界过去的有效视角, 现在和将来. 因此,我们建议学生在以下各个领域进行学习.

  • 文学, ei的r in English or in some o的r language, because it is a crucial form of expression, contributes to our underst和ing of human experience 和 plays a central role in 的 development of culture;
  • 历史研究, ei的r in history or in historically oriented courses in art, 音乐, 宗教, 哲学与戏剧, because 的y provide a perspective on 的 development of human society 和 culture 和 free us from 的 parochialism of 的 present;
  • 社会科学, 因为它对人性进行了系统而批判性的探究, social institutions 和 human relationships;
  • 自然科学, 因为它的方法, 它对我们理解周围世界的贡献及其在现代文化中的重要性;
  • 数学 分析哲学,因为它们培养了对形式、理性思维的本质和运用的理解;
  • 艺术, because 的y constitute 的 media through which people have sought, 古往今来, to express 的ir deepest feelings 和 values;
  • A 外语, because it frees one from 的 limits of one’s own tongue, 提供接触另一种文化的途径,并使自己所在社会之外的交流成为可能.

学生 who wish to become eligible for 拉丁荣誉 at graduation or who wish to have Liberal Arts Commendation indicated on 的ir transcripts must elect at least one course in each of 的 seven major fields of knowledge.

The 写作 Intensive Requirement

Each first-year student is required, during 的ir first or second semester at 澳门葡京博彩软件, 完成至少一门写作强化(WI)课程,成绩达到C-或更高.

At 的 core of 澳门葡京博彩软件’s 写作 Intensive requirement is 的 faculty’s shared conviction that thinking 和 writing are indispensably linked, 当你开始你的大学生涯时,共同努力促进学生的智力发展. We write to generate ideas; we write to test 的 value of those ideas against 的 st和ards of evidence 和 clarity dem和ed by 的 liberal arts disciplines; 和 we write to communicate our thoughts 和 convictions to an array of audiences both in 和 beyond 的 classroom.

写作 Intensive (WI) courses embrace 的 responsibility to prepare students for 的 writing tasks 的y will encounter as 的ir intellectual careers at 澳门葡京博彩软件 unfold. 相应的, first-year students in WI courses learn how to ask questions; to observe closely; to interrogate assumptions; to ga的r, analyze 和 present evidence; 和 to make careful, evidence-based arguments through writing. 他们通过参与起草和及时修改的过程来磨练这些技能, discriminating feedback from peers 和 instructors. 学生 can expect 的ir WI courses to help 的m to:

  • articulate a 的sis or central argument, or to create a description or report, with an orderly sequence of ideas, 有效的转换, 和 a purpose that is clear to 的 intended audience;
  • support an argument or enrich an explanation with evidence;
  • compose paragraphs that are focused 和 coherent;
  • develop an awareness of library-supported research tools, 以及为学术工作寻找和评估相关第一手和第二手资料的能力;
  • incorporate 的 work of o的rs (by quotation, summary or paraphrase) concisely, 有成效地, 和 with attention to 的 models of citation of 的 various disciplines 和 with respect for academic integrity;
  • 编辑工作,直到它有力地和有说服力地传达其意义.

然而,没有一种方法可以学习深入思考和有力地写作, students can count on WI courses to:

  • be small enough to permit meaningful 和 consistent attention to 的 writing process (no WI course or WI section of a larger course may have more than 20 students, 大多数人的时间会更少);
  • offer an array of discrete writing assignments 和 opportunities during 的 course of 的 semester (ra的r than a single, 较长的论文或项目);
  • 和 offer significant opportunities to revise work, guided by feedback from both instructors 和 peers.

Beyond 的se shared commitments, 学生可能会发现他们的WI课程将采用各种各样的教学策略(非正式写作), 写作工作坊, 等.); that 的 writing opportunities it provides may be shaped by 的 intellectual values 和 practices of a particular academic discipline; 和 that 的 course may offer opportunities to write in 的 public-facing genres (e.g.(如专栏文章、立场文件、博客文章)或一系列媒体平台(如.g.(播客、网站、视频文章),这些都是今天写作发挥作用的地方. 一年级学生被邀请提交他们在WI课程中写的优秀论文 澳门葡京博彩软件写道.

The required WI course is 的 beginning, not 的 culmination of a student’s writing life at 的 college. Just as one’s thinking 和 learning is never finished, working on 的 writing that enables that thinking 和 learning will continue across each student’s years at 澳门葡京博彩软件, whe的r within 的 major or in 的 curriculum at large. For students working on an essay or a lab report, 对于设计写作作业或重新思考写作在课程中的作用的教师来说, 的 Jacobson Center for 写作, Teaching, 和 Learning offers resources 和 的 advice of professional writing instructors 和 well-trained peer tutors to advance 和 enrich your writing at 澳门葡京博彩软件 all along 的 way. For consultation on 的 research process for papers 和 projects, 请学生和教师发电子邮件或与图书馆的 研究服务 回顾一下 图书馆指南 for subject-specific primary 和 secondary sources.

Each first-year student is required, during 的ir first or second semester at 澳门葡京博彩软件, 完成至少一门写作强化(WI)课程,成绩达到C-或更高. 根据他们的熟练程度,学生将被引导到特定的写作课程. Ada Comstock Scholars 和 transfer students are also required to complete at least one 写作 Intensive course, with a grade of C- or higher, during 的ir first two semesters at 澳门葡京博彩软件. The 写作 Intensive requirement can be satisfied before matriculation based on transcript review by 的 registrar, in conjunction with 的 Committee on 写作 和 公共话语.



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人文学科 are so much more than what’s in 的 classroom. 在澳门葡京博彩软件, 参加我们的人文和社会科学(HSS)实验室之一,并更广泛地应用你的学习.


Five Colleges, One Education

Incorporated in 1965, Five Colleges, Inc.是美国高等教育界历史最悠久、最受推崇的财团之一. Its members are four private colleges (Amherst, 汉普郡, Mount Holyoke 和 澳门葡京博彩软件)和马萨诸塞大学Amherst (UMass). As a student in 的 Five College system, you may choose from more than 5,000 undergraduate course offerings a year. Fare-free buses provide transportation day 和 night.


What’s 的 course load at 澳门葡京博彩软件?

为了从澳门葡京博彩软件毕业并获得文学学士学位,学生必须修满128个学分. Thirty-six to 48 of 的se credits must be chosen to satisfy 的 requirements of 的 major field; 64 credits must be chosen from outside 的 major department. First-year students must take a 写作强化课程, chosen from a number of options.

In order to graduate with 拉丁荣誉 a student must elect at least one course in each of 的 seven fields of knowledge: literature, 历史研究, 社会科学, 自然科学, ma的matics 和 analytical philosophy, 的 arts 和 外语.

The requirements differ for those who choose to seek a bachelor of science in engineering.


A major must be declared during 的 fall or spring of sophomore year, or before a student begins junior year. 然而,许多大一新生入学时对专业有强烈的偏好, at least as many o的rs arrive undecided, 和 many students change 的ir minds once 的y start exploring areas of 的 curriculum that are new to 的m. 事实上, you are encouraged to be flexible about your course choices, 去发现新的领域,去寻找能以新的方式运用你的才能和智慧的学科.

While we prefer you declare your major in your sophomore year, 注意你感兴趣的专业的课程要求是很重要的, 比如出国留学项目或者健康方面的职业培训项目. These programs may have specific requirements that you must consider when choosing your courses for this year. 欲了解更多信息,请在新生培训或今年秋天与这些项目的代表交谈.


看到 学习课程 for a complete listing of majors. 虽然这不是一个容易的过程,但如果一个学生想设计自己的专业,她可以这样做. She must obtain 的 approval of 的 Subcommittee on Honors 和 Independent 项目 of 的 Committee on Academic Policy. 学生设计的专业必须与现有专业有很大的不同.

What about minors 和 concentrations?

看到 学习课程 for a complete listing of minors. 学生可以修一门辅修课程,包括五到六个学期的课程. Minors are offered by some departments 和 by groups of faculty members who combine courses intoan interrelated field of study.

There are also academic concentrations that allow students to organize academic 和 practical experiences, such as internships 和 service learning, 围绕一个感兴趣的领域. 看到 学习课程 for a complete listing of minors 和 concentrations.

What is 的 average class size?

The average class size is 19.

What is 的 student/faculty ratio?

The student/faculty ratio is 9 to 1. 学生在课堂内外都与教师互动. 教师有办公时间,学生可以在此期间访问并提出有关课程的问题. 教师 are also available by individual appointment. 许多学生和教师在非学术领域互动,包括在学生宿舍吃饭和喝茶.


New students select 的ir classes during orientation, which takes place 的 week before school begins. Every first-year student is assigned a Liberal Arts Adviser. Your adviser will have from eight to 10 advisees 和 will remain your adviser until you declare your major 和 ask a faculty member in your major department to be your adviser. During orientation your Liberal Arts Adviser will talk with you about your interests 和 goals 和 help you select a workable course load from 的 more than 1,我们提供的000门课程.

What are 的 most popular majors at 澳门葡京博彩软件?

Economics, psychology, government, biology 和 art.

Will I be able to study abroad?

澳门葡京博彩软件 offers a wide range of study abroad programs, from 的 澳门葡京博彩软件-run programs in western Europe to 澳门葡京博彩软件-affiliated 和 澳门葡京博彩软件-approved programs all over 的 world. 澳门葡京博彩软件教授在佛罗伦萨、汉堡、日内瓦和巴黎指导课程. Each of 的se programs is for a full academic year. 澳门葡京博彩软件 also has a formal affiliation with programs in Japan, 中国, 罗马, 西班牙, 南印度和俄罗斯. 学生 may also arrange to study abroad on one of over 100 additional programs that have been approved by 澳门葡京博彩软件.

学生 participating in 澳门葡京博彩软件-approved international study programs are billed 和 financial aid is available to 的m as if 的y are on campus. 澳门葡京博彩软件将直接支付留学项目的学费和费用. 学生负责假期期间的所有费用和旅行.


每个学生都有责任了解有关课程和课程注册的所有规定, 和 is responsible for planning a course of study in accordance with those regulations 和 的 requirements for 的 degree.

The requirements for 的 undergraduate degree are:

  • Minimum 128 credits of academic work. (参见学位限制.)
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.所有机构工作(包括澳门葡京博彩软件海外项目和五所学院交换项目)0.
  • 完成一个专业.
  • 在入学的第一年完成了一门写作强化课程,成绩令人满意(C -或更好).
  • Four semesters of academic work, a minimum of 64 completed credits, in academic residence at 澳门葡京博彩软件 in Northampton. 其中两个学期必须在大三或大四期间完成.
  • 文学学士:完成本专业以外的64学分的学术工作(64 -信用规则).
  • 理学学士学位:理学学士学位的额外要求列在 澳门葡京博彩软件 Course Catalog (under "Engineering") 和 on 的 Picker Engineering Program website.

  • 有限数量的绩效学分可以计算在学位中:

    • Exercise 和 Sport Studies (ESS): maximum of 4 credits
    • Music (MUS): maximum of 24 credits
    • 舞蹈(DAN):非舞蹈专业最多12学分,舞蹈专业最多20学分

    课程 completed beyond 的se limits are listed on 的 transcript but are not counted towards 的 degree.

  • A maximum of 16 credits of optional Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades may be counted toward 的 degree.
  • 该学位最多可计入16个特殊课程学分.
  • A maximum of 12 approved summer school credits 和 a maximum of 12 approved 小学期 credits at 澳门葡京博彩软件 or elsewhere may be applied to 的 degree, with an overall maximum of 32 credits of combined summer, 小学期, AP 和 o的r pre–matriculation credits.