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Philosophy

Philosophy is a practice at Hamilton, where your professors will encourage you to be engaged and to apply your training beyond the classroom. For instance, philosophy majors have developed and taught philosophy mini-classes to their peers and to local high school students.

Mercy Corredor '15, right, and Professor Marianne Janack
Mercy Corredor '15, right, and Professor Marianne Janack

A student’s research: a summer with Hegel

It isn’t your typical beach read, but Mercedes Corredor ’15 is eager to spend 10 weeks of her summer immersed in a major work by Hegel.  “Hopefully we’ll work through most of his Phenomenology of Spirit, which is a big difficult text, but that will be fun,” says Corredor, who received an Emerson Grant from Hamilton College to do summer research with Philosophy Professor Marianne Janack. Corredor, a philosophy major, wants “almost to salvage” Hegel, maybe write a defense of him.

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A graduate’s progress: writing for the Washington-Post

When Sean Sullivan ’07 spent a semester in Hamilton College’s New York City program and interned at ABC News Production, he was en route to a career. The internship led to another the following summer with ABC News “Nightline.” "And that's where I fell in love with journalism. There was never a dull day. And I felt like we were telling important stories that people needed to see. It was hard work, but a really great experience,” says Sullivan, who went on to a number of journalism jobs and now covers national politics for “The Fix,” a Washington Post politics blog.

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