Study Groups


The Fall 2016 Course Catalog is  available online here in PDF format. If you are already a member of the Second Half, you will be receiving a copy in the mail.

Registration guidelines for Fall 2016: (Open House Date is August 16.)

You may send in your membership form and study group registrations at any point; however, all registrations received prior to August 16, 2016, will be date-stamped August 16, the day of the Open House.

Those with a legitimate priority request – that is, they were wait-listed for the same study group in the previous semester and have checked the priority request box – are given first consideration.  After that, if a study group is over-subscribed, then members are chosen by lottery. Quite frankly, we expect this to be the case in only a few study groups. Those not filled on the first day of registration – and this will be the majority of them if past experience is any indicator – will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Every semester’s offering is a mixture of old study groups, revised , and new ones.  If you want to see a full range of possibilities you can review older catalogs from  Spring 2015 Fall 2014,  Spring 2014, and Fall 2013.  Please keep in mind these are out-dated catalogs. Wait for the current catalog, issued each semester, to apply for membership and register for study groups.

Application to become a Study group Leader

Interested in teaching, sharing an experience, talking about a hobby?  Fill out this application and present it to the Curriculum Committee (By sending it to The Second Half office).  [This will download as Word file for you to add your information]  To download a copy of this form, click on  course proposal form Spring 2017.

One must be a member of The Second Half to attend courses and most events. To learn more, go to the Membership Page.

Fall Semester September through early December
Spring Semester February through early June

Second Half Calendar for Fall 2016

Catalog mailed to mailing list and published on the web site – late July
Open House – Tuesday, August 16, 1:00 pm — Bristol Community College
Fall Registration Begins Tuesday, August 16
Fall Registration Deadline – Friday, September 2
Labor Day Holiday – Monday, September 5
Confirmation Mailing – Monday, September 12
Classes Start – Monday, September 19
Board of Directors Meeting – Monday, October 3
Columbus Day Holiday – Monday, October 10 – no classes
Board of Directors Meeting – Monday, November 7
Deadline for Study Group Proposals for the Spring – Friday, November 18
Thanksgiving Holiday – Thursday, November 24 – no classes
Classes End – Friday, December 2
Board of Directors Meeting – Monday, December 5
Holiday Luncheon – Thursday, December 8

Second Half Calendar for Spring 2017

Catalog mailed to mailing list and published on the web site – January
Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 16
Open House – Tuesday, January 17, location to be determined
Spring Registration Begins Tuesday, January 17
Spring Registration Deadline – Friday, February 3
Board of Directors Meeting – Monday, February 6
Confirmation Mailing – Monday, February 6
Classes Start – Monday, February 13
President’s Day Holiday – Monday, February 20 – No Classes
Board of Directors Meeting – Monday, March 6
Board of Directors Meeting – Monday, April 3
Patriots Day Holiday – Monday, April 17 – No Classes
Deadline for Study Group Proposals for the Fall – Monday, May 1
Board of Directors Meeting – Monday, May 1
Spring Luncheon and Annual Membership Meeting – Wednesday, May 24
Memorial Day Holiday
– Monday, May 29 – no classes
Classes End – Friday, June 2
Board of Directors Annual Meeting – Monday, June 5, 9:30 a.m.
Study Group Leaders Luncheon – June 14 – Site TBA