Departmental Honors Requirements

Departmental Honors Requirements

Departmental Honors (DH) offers the opportunity to broaden your academic interests in one specific discipline. Successful completion of the DH course requirements with minimum grades of B (or as specified below) and the submission of a properly formatted Research Manuscript or Creative Portfolio will result in the award of "Departmental Honors" on the student's academic transcript. For information about DH, speak with your Honors Program Director and see Admissions Process below. For information about the full CHC Curriculum.

General Admission Criteria

Minimally, to be eligible to apply for DH, students must have:

Admissions Process

Requirement Exceptions Note

Note: exceptions to the requirements above require approval by both the Honors Program Director (HPD) and a Commonwealth Honors College advisor; Petition for Exception requests must be submitted through CHC PATHS.

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Afro-American Studies

Afro-American Studies

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Britt Rusert | 413-545-2708 | brusert [at] afroam [dot] umass [dot] edu

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Animal Science/Pre-Vet

Animal Science/Pre-Vet

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Kim D. Tremblay | 413-545-5560 | kdtrembl [at] vasci [dot] umass [dot] edu    

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Anthropology

Anthropology

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Ventura R. Perez | 413-577-0662 | vrperez [at] anthro [dot] umass [dot] edu

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Architecture

Architecture

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Honors Program Director

Ray Kinoshita Mann | 413-577-0943 | rkmann [at] umass [dot] edu

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Art

Art

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Honors Program Director

Juana M. Valdes | jmvaldes [at] umass [dot] edu

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Art History

Art History

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Honors Program Director

Margaret B. Vickery | 413-545-6616 | mvickery [at] arthist [dot] umass [dot] edu    

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Astronomy

Astronomy

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Min S. Yun | 413-545-2215 | myun [at] astro [dot] umass [dot] edu

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Bachelor's Degree With Individual Concentration

Bachelor's Degree With Individual Concentration

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Thomas G. Brashear-Alejandro | 413-545-5666 | brashear [at] isenberg [dot] umass [dot] edu

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Departmental Admission Criteria

Students may apply to BMB DH only AFTER they have started doing independent research in labs as approved by the BMB HPD.

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Dan Hebert | 413-545-0079 | dhebert [at] biochem [dot] umass [dot] edu (dhebert[at]biochem[dot]umass[dot]edu)

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Biology

Biology

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Honors Program Directors

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Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

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Honors Program Director

Samantha J. Wojda | 413-545-0231 | swojda [at] umass [dot] edu

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Building and Construction Technology

Building and Construction Technology

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Ho-Sung Kim | 413-545-1970 | kimhs [at] umass [dot] edu

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Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

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Honors Program Director

Jungwoo Lee | 413-545-6290 | jungwoo [at] umass [dot] edu

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Chemistry

Chemistry

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Justin T. Fermann | 413-545-2054 | fermann [at] chem [dot] umass [dot] edu

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Chinese

Chinese

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Honors Program Director

Enhua Zhang | 413-545-4946 | ezhang [at] llc [dot] umass [dot] edu

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Honors Program Director

Chengbo Ai | 413-577-1273 | chengbo [dot] ai [at] umass [dot] edu

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Classics

Classics

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Honors Program Director

Simon Mark Oswald | 413-545-0512 | soswald [at] umass [dot] edu

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Communication

Communication

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Honors Program Director

Alena Vasilyeva | 413-545-3532 | vasilyeva [at] umass [dot] edu

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Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Don Eric Levine | 413-545-5810 | delevine [at] llc [dot] umass [dot] edu

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Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering

Departmental Admission Criteria

Students must have an ECE GPA of at least 3.400 and have taken the following courses: E&C-ENG 124, 201, 202, 210, 213, 214, 231, 241 and COMPSCI 250.

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Neal G. Anderson | 413-545-0765 | anderson [at] ecs [dot] umass [dot] edu

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Computer Science and Informatics

Computer Science and Informatics

Departmental Admission Criteria

Entry to COMPSCI/INFO DH requires applicants to have already been admitted to the Commonwealth Honors College as part of the Multidisciplinary Honors track. Applicants must have completed the requirements identified here for consideration.

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Honors Program Director

Philip Sebastian Thomas | askCSHonors [at] cs [dot] umass [dot] edu (askCSHonors[at]cs[dot]umass[dot]edu)

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Dance

Dance

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Thomas L. Vacanti | 413-545-4078 | tvacanti [at] dance [dot] umass [dot] edu

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Earth Systems

Earth Systems

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Honors Program Director

Bill Clement | 413-545-5910 | wclement [at] umass [dot] edu 

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Economics

Economics

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Honors Program Director

Itai Sher | isher [at] umass [dot] edu

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Education

Education

Admission Requirements

To participate in the Departmental Honors, students must apply to the Commonwealth Honors College specially for Education Departmental Honors. Students will be informed by the Honors College about the departmental honors decision.

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Dr. Camille Cammack | jcammack [at] educ [dot] umass [dot] edu | Furcolo W160

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Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Departmental Admission Criteria

Students must have an ECE GPA of at least 3.400 and have taken the following courses: E&C-ENG 124, 201, 202, 210, 213, 214, 231, 244 and MATH 233.

Program Requirements

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Neal G. Anderson | 413-545-0765 | anderson [at] ecs [dot] umass [dot] edu

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English

English

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Janis L. Greve | 413-545-1612 | jgreve [at] english [dot] umass [dot] edu

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Environmental Design

Environmental Design

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Environmental Science

Environmental Science

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Honors Program Director

Anne L. Averill | 413-545-1054 | averill [at] eco [dot] umass [dot] edu

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Finance

Finance

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Honors Program Director

Marco Macchiavelli | mmacchiavelli [at] isenberg [dot] umass [dot] edu

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Food Science

Food Science

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Honors Program Director

Lutz Grossmann | 413-545-0504 | lkgrossmann [at] umass [dot] edu

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French

French

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Ena Vulor | evulor [at] umass [dot] edu (evulor[at]umass[dot]edu)

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Geography

Geography

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Honors Program Director

Qian Yu | 413-545-2095 | qyu [at] umass [dot] edu (qyu[at]umass[dot]edu)

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Geology

Geology

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Honors Program Director

Bill Clement | 413-545-5910 | wclement [at] umass [dot] edu

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German and Scandinavian Studies

German and Scandinavian Studies

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Honors Program Director

Robert G. Sullivan | 413-545-6672 | sullivan [at] german [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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History

History

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Honors Program Director

Daniel L. Gordon | 413-545-2223 | dgordon [at] history [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Hospitality and Tourism Management

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Muzzo Uysal | 413-545-2061 | muysal [at] isenberg [dot] umass [dot] edu (muysal[at]isenberg[dot]umass[dot]edu)

 

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Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Departmental Admission Criteria

Students must have completed MIE 201, 210, 211, 273, 353, 460; MATH 132, 235; PHYSICS 152 with an overall GPA of at least 3.400

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Jae-Hwang Lee | 413-545-0667 | leejh [at] umass [dot] edu

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Italian

Italian

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Honors Program Director

Andrea Malaguti | 413-545-4951 | malaguti [at] frital [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Japanese

Japanese

Program Requirements

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Honors Program Director

Reiko Sono | 413-545-4947 | rsono [at] asianlan [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Journalism

Journalism

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Honors Program Director

Joshua A. Braun | jabraun [at] journ [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Judaic Studies

Judaic Studies

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Honors Program Director

Susan E. Shapiro | 413-545-4464 | shapiro [at] judnea [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Kinesiology

Kinesiology

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Thomas G. St. Laurent | 413-545-6438 | tstlaurent [at] kin [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture

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Dr. Carey Clouse | clouse [at] umass [dot] edu

 

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Legal Studies

Legal Studies

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Honors Program Director

Leah Wing | 413-545-5882 | lwing [at] legal [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Linguistics

Linguistics

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

John Kingston | 413-545-6833, 413-545-6837 | jkingston [at] linguist [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Management

Management

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Honors Program Director

Anurag Sharma | 413-545-5580 | sharma [at] isenberg [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Managerial Economics

Managerial Economics

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Honors Program Director

Christine L. Crago | 413-545-5738 | ccrago [at] resecon [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Marketing

Marketing

Program Requirements

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Honors Program Director

Thomas G. Brashear-Alejandro | 413-545-5666 | brashear [at] isenberg [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Luc Rey-Bellet | 413-545-6020 | luc [at] math [dot] umass [dot] edu (luc[at]math[dot]umass[dot]edu)

 

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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Departmental Admission Criteria

Students must have completed MIE 201, 210, 211, 230; MATH 233, PHYSICS 152 with an overall GPA of at least 3.400.

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Jae-Hwang Lee | 413-545-0667 | leejh [at] umass [dot] edu

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Microbiology

Microbiology

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Kristen M. DeAngelis | 413-577-4669 | deangelis [at] microbio [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Studies

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director

Susan E. Shapiro | 413-545-4464 | shapiro [at] judnea [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Music

Music

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Honors Program Director

Miriam Piilonen | mpiilonen [at] umass [dot] edu

 

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Natural Resources Conservation

Natural Resources Conservation

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Honors Program Director

Anne L. Averill | 413-545-1054 | averill [at] eco [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Nursing

Nursing

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Honors Program Director

Kimberly Dion | 413-545-1314 | kadion [at] nursing [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Nutrition

Nutrition

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Honors Program Director

Lisa M. Troy | 413-545-4238 | lisatroy [at] umass [dot] edu

 

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Operations and Information Management

Operations and Information Management

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Honors Program Director

Ahmed Ghoniem | aghoniem [at] isenberg [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Philosophy

Philosophy

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Honors Program Director

Gary Hardegree | 413-545-2330 | gmh [at] philos [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Physics

Physics

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Honors Program Director

Jun Yan | 413-545-0853 | yan [at] physics [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Plant and Soil Sciences

Plant and Soil Sciences

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Political Science

Political Science

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Honors Program Director:

Robert P. Musgrave | musgrave [at] umass [dot] edu

 

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Portuguese

Portuguese

Program Requirements

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Honors Program Director:

Luis A. Marentes | 413-545-4923 | marentes [at] umass [dot] edu

 

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Psychology

Psychology

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Honors Program Director:

Erik Cheries | 413-545-2655 | echeries [at] psych [dot] umass [dot] edu (echeries[at]psych[dot]umass[dot]edu)

 

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Public Health Sciences

Public Health Sciences

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Honors Program Director:

Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson | 413-577-1672 | ebertone [at] umass [dot] edu (ebertone[at]umass[dot]edu)

 

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Resource Economics

Resource Economics

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Honors Program Director:

Sherry Gao | sherrygao [at] resecon [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Russian, Eurasian, and Polish Studies

Russian, Eurasian, and Polish Studies

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Honors Program Director:

Regine A. Spector | 413-545-6175 | rspector [at] polsci [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Social Thought and Political Economy

Social Thought and Political Economy

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Honors Program Director:

Toussaint Losier | 413-545-2751 | tlosier [at] umass [dot] edu (tlosier[at]umass[dot]edu)

 

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Sociology

Sociology

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director:

C. N. Le | 413-545-4074 | cnle [at] umass [dot] edu

 

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Spanish

Spanish

Program Requirements

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Honors Program Director:

Luis A. Marentes | 413-545-4923 | marentes [at] umass [dot] edu

 

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Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Program Requirements

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Honors Program Director

Jennifer Mack | jemack [at] umass [dot] edu

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Sport Management

Sport Management

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Honors Program Director:

David Tyler | dtyler [at] isenberg [dot] umass [dot] edu 

 

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Sustainable Community Development

Sustainable Community Development

Program Requirements

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Honors Program Director:

Dr. Carey Clouse | clouse [at] umass [dot] edu

 

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Theater

Theater

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Honors Program Director:

Judyie Al-Bilali | 413-545-3490 | jalbilali [at] theater [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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University Without Walls

University Without Walls

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Honors Program Director:

Connie D. Griffin | 413-545-3962 | cgriffin [at] uww [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation

Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation

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Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies

Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies

Program Requirements

Honors Program Director:

Angela R. Willey | 413-545-1922 | awilley [at] wost [dot] umass [dot] edu

 

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