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Check out the variety of Gen Ed classes being taught in residential area classrooms.
All spring 2014 classes are open to any first-year student.
If you are a first-year student unable to enroll yourself due to credit status, please call the RAP Office for assistance.
RAP Office 545-2803 - open Monday - Friday from 9:00AM - 5:00 PM.
RAP - Residential Academic Programs
Check out the great variety of RAPs that were available to first-year students entering Fall 2013!
(Fall 2014 list will be posted in January.)
These Topic RAPs are open to Any First-Year Student:
Careers in Education
Careers in Law
Connecting Arts & Society
Connecting Science & Society
Connecting Self & Society
Exploring the Arts
Impact! Service Learning
Scientific Connections: Immersion in Scientific Method
Social Justice & Activism
Follow the steps for How To Join.
Join a RAP and....
Become part of a community of students who share a common interest.
Take classes with students who live in your residence hall.
Connect easily with classmates for study groups and class projects.
Receive support and assistance with academic decisions.
Enroll in a General Education class in your residential area.
Learn about the goals behind the Gen Ed program and discover ways to make meaning of ALL your UMass classes.
Make the large university feel like a smaller place.
Click on the program names above and link to information on each specific RAP:
Read a full program description
Learn the specific classes and residence halls connected to each RAP
Topic RAPs are designed for students who want to live with students who share an interest, either related to their area of study or personal interests. All Topic RAP students receive the benefits of being a Global Pathways Student (GPS).
ALL Topic RAPs include:
- A one-credit RAP seminar
- A General Education class (usually a small section of 30 students)
Both classes are usually taught in the residential area.
These RAP seminars are designed to:
- Unify the RAP group
- Provide a structured environment to explore the RAP topic and
- Smooth the transition to university life.
Foundation RAPs are designed for students who want to have a class in common with other students who live in their residence hall. Foundation RAPs area available in a variety of residence halls. They do not include a seminar.
All Foundations RAPs include a General Education class. It may be a seat in a Main Campus lecture with a designated discussion section for students who live in the same residence hall, or a small section of a class taught in the residential area.
Foundations - Health/Life Sciences RAP
This RAP is specifically designed for students declared or interested in a variety of science related majors.