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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.

Deadlines for submission on PATHS of Honors contract-course proposals (including all thesis and project proposals) for Fall 2019 semester

For submissions on PATHS for all CHC contract-course proposals for Fall semester, 2019, including thesis courses, the deadline for submission of the proposal by the student is August 15th, 2019. This means that students anticipating submitting an Honors contract-course proposal need to work with the faculty sponsor before leaving campus in May 2019, to ensure timely submission of the proposal on PATHS.

The deadline for completion of faculty approvals of Honors contract-course proposals on PATHS is midnight on September 12th. Faculty approvals are required from the supervisor of the independent study 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 overload until that permission is granted.

This deadline is for all Honors contract-course proposals, including those for senior theses and 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, information is available at

Note that the second member of the committee for a thesis must be named in the proposal for the second semester of a 499 course.

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