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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 12, 2017, is the deadline for submission by the student of Honors contract-course proposals on PATHS.

January 25, 2018, is the deadline for faculty who must approve the submission, including the faculty sponsor of the course and the Honors Program Director (HPD) 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.

This deadline is for all Honors contract-course proposals, including those for senior theses or projects, and those that are other 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 for compliance with the requirements for the proposal.

Before submitting the proposal on PATHS, students should review the requirements for the information that must be included in the proposal.

For a senior thesis or project, the requirements are available at

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

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.

When submitting proposals, the work expected must be commensurate with the credits requested. The CHC credit-hour requirement is a minimum of 3 hours of honors work per credit each week for the entire 13-week semester, not including attendance at group meeting or meeting with advisors and near-peer mentors.