Connecting Self & Society RAP
Fall 2014

Explore the relationship between individual "troubles" and the social forces that structure society.

Connecting Self & Society RAP is designed for students who are interested in developing the ability to understand the connections between their own personal experiences and the larger social forces (economic, political, social, global, etc.) that structure those experiences and the society in which we currently live. 

Students will draw from news media, movies, music and the Internet as well as other outlets to explore a variety of questions from a social and historical and current day perspective, helping to connect us to the world in which we live.

Through your RAP classes you will...

  • Apply course concepts and readings to contemporary issues.
  • Acquire an understanding of what sociology is and what sociologists do.
  • Have an opportunity to explore topics from both current and historical contexts. 
  • Participate in group projects and lively, meaningful discussions.

The seminar will also provide a supportive environment for personal reflection and critical thinking on the topics generated by the group.  

These exciting conversations will begin in class and since the students will be living together, they will have the opportunity to continue discussing and debating with friends when class is over.

When you join this program you will...

  • Identify ways to incorporate your interests with your academic studies.  
  • Begin your academic career in an environment designed to foster your creative endeavors and develop your academic skills. 
  • Connect easily with classmates for study groups and class projects.
  • Learn about the various related programs, events and opportunities available to UMass Amherst students.
  • Live and learn with others who share similar interests and will be part of a small community on a large campus.  

Connecting Self & Society RAP is intended for students declared in any major or undeclared, though it may be particularly interesting and useful for students declared or considering majors in the social and behavioral sciences.

Be sure to visit the How to Join page of this website to learn about the process and important timelines you must follow to become a member of this fantastic program!




Fall 2014

ALL students in the Connecting Self & Society RAP will enroll in the following classes taught in the residential area:

"RAP Seminar" - UNIV 190R
1 credit


"Race, Gender, Class and Ethnicity" - Sociology 106 (Gen Ed SBU), 4 credits 


"College Writing" - English 112 (Gen Ed CW), 3 credits, a limited number of sections will be offered in the residential area both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.

Spring 2015

  • No required RAP classes.
  • Small sections of Gen Ed classes will be offered in each residence area.


Students will live together in Moore Hall  in Southwest area of campus.

Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

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