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Mathematics

As a math major, you will make connections across many fields and subjects, applying the sophisticated tools of math to a spectrum of topics. There are opportunities to conduct research and work on cutting-edge projects with faculty during the summer.


Alex Gioia '14

A student’s vision: math + communication

Christian A. Johnson Hall, better known as CJ, is the locus for math students on the Hamilton College campus, which makes it fertile ground for Alex Gioia ’14 in both his majors­ – math and communication. For his senior thesis in communication, he’s taking a look at math anxiety. CJ may be a case study for him; he thinks it could be an environment in which math-anxious students can talk about their problems and reduce their anxiety level.

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He figured that might be a good way to  bridge his interest in communication and math. His senior math project is a seminar in topology. He and other students are creating a textbook with problems they’ve wrestled to a solution.

Even with a double major, Gioia was able to squeeze in a semester of study in New Zealand, and work as student fellow for Hamilton’s Digital Humanities Initiative. Post-Hamilton, he is looking at a field that tilts toward math – actuarial science.

Mark Kasdorf ’06
“Serial entrepreneur” Mark Kasdorf ’06, shown here at the Intrepid headquarters, has launched four companies since he graduated from Hamilton.

A graduate’s progress: an entrepreneur in motion

As a math major at Hamilton College, Mark Kasdorf ’06 studied theorems and wrote proofs aplenty. He doesn’t crunch the hard numbers anymore, but he solves problems daily as CEO and founder of the iOS application development consulting firm Intrepid Pursuits. He was named Emerging Executive of the Year by the Mass Technology Leadership Council. In 2011, he launched Hamilton’s first business pitch competition to introduce entrepreneurship to students.

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As for his learning curve, Kasdorff went straight from Hamilton into law school and about halfway through, he started his first company, Burning Hollow Technologies. The company ran out of money in 2010 and to generate enough cash flow to pay two software developers Kasdorf had hired, he started Intrepid Pursuits.

He majored in math because he loved math.

“I don’t live and breathe what I majored in,” Kasdorf says. “However, there’s no doubt in my mind that my Hamilton education was integral in preparing me to do all of the types of things I do today…Hamilton prepared me in so much as it taught me to think.”