Interdisciplinary Concentration

The Hamilton curriculum is about forging creative connections. If the curriculum doesn’t offer what you need, you may design an interdisciplinary major, with faculty guidance. Imagine the possibilities, say; Hispanic studies/women's studies/computer science or philosophy/mathematics/dance. It can happen at Hamilton.

Josh Glen visited Israel his junior year.A custom-made major for an aspiring social entrepreneur

Josh Glen ’16 expected he would veer from a strictly traditional path, and so he did, creating a major for himself. Glen started out as a psychology major with an econ minor, then began to wonder if he could combine, econ, psychology and sociology gain an understanding of how economics works in the real world. With the help of Hamilton College faculty, Glen fashioned an interdisciplinary studies major that fit his interests. “This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of faculty, and the amount of time that they’ve spent with me just chatting with me in their offices is amazing. I really do feel fortunate,” says Glen, who studied in Prague and spent time in Israel his junior year.

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Long-term, Glen may pursue a doctorate in psychology. “My end goal – what I really want to do – is use what I’ve learned to influence policy and start a career in social entrepreneurship,” he says. “Basically I want to use my education to better people’s lives, you know?”

Jason Haas ’07 with President Obama
Jason Haas ’07 with President Obama

A graduate’s progress: activism and acting

Jason Haas ’07 built his own interdisciplinary major of communications and government and added a theatre minor into the mix. It’s easy to see a link between his interests at Hamilton College and his evolving career. Haas is a digital-media marketing consultant – and volunteer – for progressive organizations and socially responsible corporations. He still enjoys writing and acting for stage productions.

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In his performances Haas wants to inspire, work with and share the stories of “everyday folks making a difference in their community.”  His personal and professional activism goes back to his middle school days. At Hamilton, he founded the LGBT Empowerment and Action Project. (He also received the prestigious Posse Foundation full-tuition leadership scholarship.)

Right after college Haas had a fellowship with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. He worked as a field operative for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012, among other activities.

Haas also is the founder of Hamilton’s LGBT alumni network, Spectrum, and works with recent alumni. He dispenses this advice to current Hamilton students: “When you really find what you’re passionate about intellectually, academically, go for that. Be an anthro major even if your parents – or you – think you should go into the legal profession…”