Our Open Curriculum

Amherst has no distribution requirements and no core curriculum. Instead, students choose the courses that matter most to them. Our open curriculum ensures that each classroom is filled with inquisitive, fully engaged students committed to the topic at hand.

850+ Courses

Amherst offers more than 850 courses (explore our Course Catalog), and the Five College Consortium offers thousands more. How do students choose among all those options? Our accomplished, approachable faculty are committed to serving as advisers and mentors during the course selection process.

Flexibility and Independence

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Faculty Here to Guide You

Students are not in it alone. Faculty advisers offer close guidance as students shape their own education. The open curriculum also allows professors to quickly adapt courses to new developments in their fields, and to the evolving interests of students.

The result: well-rounded students who work extensively within their majors, while also exploring the many other courses that spark their curiosities.


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Course Catalogs

Explore the breadth and variety of Amherst’s open curriculum in our 850+ courses, as well as courses offered through the Five College Consortium.