The Scheduling of Courses

By Faculty vote on April 23, 1968 (amended on December 15, 1987), courses may be scheduled according to the following pattern: 1. Monday-Wednesday-Friday: Fifty-minute classes may be scheduled on the hour: 9: 10: 11: 12: 1: 2: 3:00. Eighty-minute classes may be scheduled at 8:30, 12:30 and 2:00 on Monday-Wednesday, Wednesday-Friday, Monday-Friday. Seminars and laboratories and class meetings of 90 minutes or longer may be scheduled afternoons at 2:00.

Classroom Attendance

Each member of the Faculty is free to state his or her policy with regard to absences. It is assumed that students will make the most of the educational opportunities available by regularly attending classes and laboratory periods. A faculty member may take such action as deemed appropriate in the event that a student disregards the announced regulations. Continued or unexplained absences should be reported to the Dean of Students. If students are absent because of illness or family emergencies, they are asked to notify the office of the Dean of Students.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

The requirements for an Amherst College degree as set forth annually in the College Catalog. Course requirements and special degree programs are set forth there in detail. In addition, a supplement to the Catalog is published in April of each year giving course changes for the following academic year.

Teaching and Advising

1. Teaching Load. Amherst tries to keep the teaching load at a level that permits the Faculty to devote considerable time outside of class to students and to scholarly or creative work. Generally, Faculty teach two courses each semester. Departments have historically adapted this norm to their individual circumstances. Faculty are encouraged to teach outside their own departments through participation in interdisciplinary and interdepartmental courses and seminars.

Academic Regulations

1. Statement of Intellectual Responsibility (Voted by the Faculty 1966; amended April 1987) Every person's education is the product of his or her intellectual effort and participation in a process of critical exchange. Amherst cannot educate those who are unwilling to submit their own work and ideas to critical assessment. Nor can it tolerate those who interfere with the participation of others in the critical process.


The College values faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to the life of the mind and concerned involvement in the general life of the College. Over the years, the Faculty has adopted several statements that are deemed to govern different areas of college life. Together, these statements, which appear below and are published annually in the Catalog and Student Handbook, also form the College Honor Code.

Faculty Responsibilities, Academic Regulations, Meetings and Committees

Introduction A. Academic Regulations 1. Statement of Intellectual Responsibility (Voted by the Faculty 1966: amended April 1987) 2. Statement on Freedom of Expression and Dissent (Voted by the Faculty, 1968) 3. Statement on Respect for Persons (Voted by the Faculty, 1969)