HFA Connect RAP is an opportunity for students who are entering declared in any HFA (College of Humanities & Fine Arts) major or undeclared in the Humanities & Fine Arts Exploratory Track to live together and have their collegiate first-year seminar taught in the residential area.
In this one-credit RAP seminar students will participate in stimulating discussions and collaborative learning projects.
Students will enroll together in the following 1-credit seminar (taught on main campus):
Read what Fall 2020 instructor Kara Eich-Richardson has to say about the RAP seminar:
Career and Major Investigation is a course designed to support HFA students in exploring and ultimately confirming and/or declaring an academic major at UMASS. This seminar will offer students an opportunity to increase self-awareness, improve communication skills, and practice critical thinking strategies as they explore various academic major requirements and career options. Students will be asked to reflect on personal interests, skills, abilities, and individual passions in the context of understanding how personality can impact career choice and lifelong learning. Through small group discussions, brief writing assignments, and informational interviews, students will explore themes related to employment trends, choosing a career versus a job, trying out majors (or minors) before committing, having a change of heart, and creating meaningful employment opportunities. This seminar will also introduce students to campus resources, workshops provided by the Office of Student Success, and on-line career resources offered by HFA’s career development team. Participation in the University’s Majors Fair is expected.
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