Focus Connections RAP Fall 2014

Undecided? This RAP can help you explore your options! 

Focus RAPs are designed for first-year students who enter UMass Amherst without a declared major.

When you join this RAP you will:

  • Enroll in a unique a 1-credit seminar designed to help you explore a wide range of majors at UMass.  
  • Engage with an academic advisor to identify your interests, strengths, and values in order to pursue your academic goals.  
  • Share your living-and-learning experience with other first-year students who have not yet declared a major.  This gives all students in the RAP a chance to get to know each other and take some classes together.  It's also a great way to make a successful transition to the academic and social life of the University. 

Focus Connections is a great RAP for you if you think you are interested in a major in social sciences, humanities or the arts. It is also a great choice if you have no idea what you may want to major in. The OASIS seminar provides you with an opportunity to confirm an idea you have or to explore and identify various other possibilities.  The other classes connected to this RAP will give you an opportunity to learn about different options while completing pre-requisites for some of the majors, and making progress on your University General Education requirements.    

In addition to living with students in your classes, all Focus RAP students participate in OASIS First-Year Seminar, a one-credit seminar taught by your academic advisor from the Undergraduate Advising office.  In this class you will work closely with your advisor to explore various majors and determine how to best match UMass Amhersts' academic options with your interests and abilities.

The OASIS seminar helps you to identify and refine your personal approaches to learning in a college setting, so you can make efficient use of your study time and get better results.  You will also be introduced to the wealth of resources on campus that can assist you with academic, social, and personal issues.  
Be sure to visit the How to Join page on this website to learn about the process and important timelines you must follow to become a member of this fantastic program! 

Students in a RAP  

Classes and Locations

Fall 2014

ALL Focus Connections students will enroll in the following classes:  

"OASIS First-Year Seminar" - UNIV 125 (on main campus)


"College Writing" - English Writing 112 (Gen Ed CW), 3 credits (in res area)


A Gen Ed class (4 credits) specific to each location - choose one (in res area).

"U.S. History since 1876" - History 151 (Gen Ed HS)  


"Social Problems"- Sociology 103 (Gen Ed SBU)

will be options for students who will live in Moore Hall in Southwest area of campus. 


"World History Since 1500"- History 111 (Gen Ed HSG)


"Human Nature" - Anthropology 100 (SBG).

will be options for students who will live in Van Meter Hall in Central area of campus.

* Holding a spot in a RAP guarantees you a space in ONE of the associated Gen Ed classes. Registration into the specific classes takes place during NSO and classes are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Spring 2015

  • No required RAP classes.

  • Small sections of Gen Ed classes will be offered in each residence area.

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

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