Academic Co-coordinators: Roger Rothman, Slava Yastremski

This program seeks to enrich students' learning experience by integrating academic life into the residence halls. There are eight residential colleges (Arts, Discovery, Environmental, Global, Humanities, Languages and Cultures, Social Justice, and Society and Technology), each organized around a common theme, and most with common courses for first-year students. All students enrolled in a residential college live on the same residence hall floor and all take a common course. Students organize extensive extracurricular programs related to the college themes. Upperclass students who wish to continue their affiliation with a college may continue to live together and may take additional courses.

All of the courses offered in the Residential Colleges fulfill the Foundation Seminar requirement for Arts and Sciences students; some Residential College courses fulfill English or humanities requirements for engineering students. Residential College Foundation Seminars which have been taught recently include:

Arts College: Discovery of the Expressive Self; Printmaking as Social Commentary

Environmental College: Cadillac Desert; The Human Impact: an Evolutionary Perspective

Global College: Global Challenges

Humanities College: Myth, Reason, Faith; The Posthuman Humanities; God(s) in American Life

Languages and Cultures College: Love and Sex on the Silk Road; Making Sense of Cultural Difference

Social Justice College: Change the World; Gandhi: Man, Myth, Legacy

Society and Technology College: The Future is Now; Chance: Statistics in the News



Foundation Seminar in Residential Colleges (I; 3, 0)

Foundation Seminar offered only through the individual Residential Colleges.


Community Service for Social Justice (I or II; 1.5, 0) Half course.

Students will be actively involved in service or advocacy work at community-based sites working for change and social justice. The course will meet once a week to examine history, concepts, and theory about the role of individuals and groups seeking justice. This will provide a focused opportunity to explore social movements and resource mobilization while participants learn and serve in community contexts 3-4 hours a week. Priority given to first- and second-year students from the Social Justice Residential College. Permission of the instructor required.


Be The Change (AII; R; 1, 1) Half course.

Students attend a weekly class to discuss topics in social, global and environmental justice that are explored in campus events, lectures, and films. Prerequisites: permission of the instructor. Open to first year students only. May be repeated by permission of the instructor.


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