Division II consists of a self-designed concentration pursued through courses and other appropriate learning experiences, such as special projects internships, community-based projects with an organization, and practica , independent studies, field study, and study abroad. Students are asked to consider the multiple cultural perspectives that relate to their work see MCP requirement and to integrate the knowledge gained from community involvement into their academic program see Community Engaged Learning or CEL-2 requirement. Division II is the core of the student's academic experience at Hampshire. It is a generative time when students articulate their questions and interests and acquire the knowledge and skills that not only help them gain purchase on their questions, but also prepare them to carry out an extensive independent project in Division III.
Procedures for Division II Work - Hampshire College
Division II is the heart of a Hampshire education. In these middle two years, students articulate the questions they want to answer and develop goals for their own learning. They work with a faculty committee to develop their own educational plan. Students and faculty work together to create a contract that guides them: helping to select or create the experiences that propel the student forward. Students begin to design their individual concentrations in the spring of their first year when they participate in the Div II committee request process. As part of that process, they talk with faculty in their area s of interest, working toward the goal of both 1 having a faculty committee who will oversee their Div II, and 2 formulating a concise statement of what their concentration will be, including questions they plan to pursue, skills they plan to learn, and goals they hope to accomplish.
Procedures for Division II Work
Multiple Cultural Perspectives Hampshire College is committed to the principle that a liberal arts education should include a serious engagement with multiple cultural perspectives. In consultation with their Division II committee, students will fulfill the requirement through substantial engagement with one or more of the following critical issues: non-Western perspectives; race in the United States; and relations of knowledge and power. Students will also describe in their retrospective essay or elsewhere the impact those explorations have on their concentration as a whole. This requirement will be described and assessed as part of the Division II evaluation. Critical Issues for Multiple Cultural Perspectives Requirement In satisfying this requirement, students can choose to address one or more of the following critical issues.