Many courses in addition to those listed below may be eligible for fulfilling the requirements of the Five College Buddhist Studies Certificate. Students are encouraged to consult a Buddhist Studies Program campus advisor to identify courses that are appropriate for their interests.



Guide to USING THE ONLINE course list:

Please note that course offerings may change and lists may be updated, so it is helpful to check back regularly.

Five College Interchange pre-registration for Fall 2021 is not expected to open until summer 2021. The list of courses below is incomplete and subject to change. Courses from UMass Amherst and Amherst College are listed, but courses from Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and Hampshire College are NOT yet listed. Please click here for more information about course registration for this fall, and if you’re a part of a Five College certificate program, please contact your certificate advisor for more information.

Please check the Five College Academic Calendar for important dates on each campus.

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Spring 2021 Courses

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2021
Subj Abbr Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Meeting Times Institution
ASLC 144 01 Religion Ancient India Maria Heim TTH 01:30PM-02:50PM Amherst College
ASLC 253 01 Theravada Buddhism Maria Heim TTH 08:30AM-09:50AM Amherst College
RELI 143 01 Religion Ancient India Maria Heim TTH 01:30PM-02:50PM Amherst College
RELI 253 01 Theravada Buddhism Maria Heim TTH 08:30AM-09:50AM Amherst College
PHI 108 01 THE MEANING OF LIFE Lois Dubin; Jay Garfield TTh 03:15-04:30 Smith College
REL 108 01 THE MEANING OF LIFE Lois Dubin; Jay Garfield TTh 03:15-04:30 Smith College

Tibetan Studies in India Program (J Term)

As part of an ongoing academic exchange program with the Tibetan universities in exile in India, each year the Five Colleges send fifteen students to spend January term studying Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan history and culture, and Tibetan textual analysis in an intensive program taught by the faculty of the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. 

For more information on this program, visit the program website