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New Orientation Part I: June or August Orientation

Part One of New Student Orientation occurs in June over the five two-day sessions listed below. Students are assigned their session by their academic program of study. Students must attend their assigned session, as this is the only opportunity that advisors in those majors are available to assist with course scheduling. Please contact the Orientation Program (508.910.6402) if you have any questions about this.

Please note that those who cannot attend their assigned session, or are admitted after their June Orientation session, will attend the August one-day New Student Orientation Part I program on Wednesday, August 27, 2014For those attending, you should bring a current photo ID (Driver's License, etc.) to get a UMass Pass.  In addition, if you want to pick up your Parking Decal you must complete the online registration form in advance.  Please click here to register your vehicle online.  You must present your UMass Pass and printed confirmation page when picking up your parking decal at the Parking Office.

Summer reading assignment for all first-year students: see below

Session I: June 9th and 10th                       

Charlton College of Business  - all majors

Session II: June 12th and 13th                    

College of Nursing  - all majors
College of Engineering  - all majors

Session III: June 16th and 17th                  

College of Arts & Sciences
          Arts & Sciences Undeclared major
          Science majors in Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHM), Medical Lab Sciences (MLS), Math (MTH) 

Session IV: June 19th and 20th                   

College of Arts & Sciences
          Liberal Arts major
          Humanities & Social Science majors: Crime and Justice Studies (CJS), Economics (ECO), English (ENL), French (FRN),
          History (HST), Philosophy (PHL), Portuguese (POR), Political Science (PSC), Psychology (PSY), Sociology (SOC),
          Spanish (SPA), Women's Studies (WMS)

Session V: June 23rd and 24th                    

College of Visual and Performing Arts - all majors
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Summer Reading Assignment 2014 for ALL First-Year Students

The Righteous Mind Book Cover This summer all incoming first-year students will be expected to read The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion by Jonathan Haidt.  This book will be used in September Orientation, and in all first-year English classes.  During your June Orientation, you will receive information about the Summer Reading Blog and learn more about the First Year Book Project.  You will also receive your Reader's Study Guide.

Here is the description of the book from www.amazon.com:
As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible—challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.






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