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CHC PATHS is an online tool for the Commonwealth Honors College community. A UMass NetID is required to log in.

Honors students can use CHC PATHS to set up course contracts such as an independent study honors (ISH) or an Honors Thesis/Project (499Y/T/P). Faculty members and honors thesis committee members use CHC PATHS to review and authorize these contracts.


December 15, 2018 is the deadline for submission by students of Honors contract-course proposals on PATHS. Completion of all faculty approvals must be on PATHS by January 15, 2019. Faculty approvals are required from the supervisor of the independent study, thesis or project and the Honors Program Director of the department in which the course is registered.

In addition, note that students cannot be registered for a course that requires permission for a course credit overload until that permission is granted.

These deadlines are for all Honors contract-course proposals, including those for senior theses or projects, and those that are independent study courses.

Once all approvals are received, the contract-course proposal will be reviewed by the Academic Standards Committee of the Commonwealth Honors College. Before submitting, please review the requirements for the information that must be included in the proposal.

For a senior thesis or project, information is available at

Note that the second member of the committee for a thesis or project must be named in the proposal for the second semester of the thesis or project submitted on PATHS.

For other independent study honors contract proposals, see the information available at Links are provided on this page of the CHC website to additional information on guidelines for writing the proposal and registration details.