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. You’ll think creatively about what philosophy is and how it may (or may not) demand practical action.

Isla Ng '14
Isla Ng ’16, in blue, listens to Assistant Professor of Philosophy Russell Marcus.

A student’s discovery: a mind for philosophy

Isla Ng ’16 loves writing and couldn’t get enough of interdisciplinary classes such as women’s studies. She was still sorting out her academic options when she received an A plus on a paper she wrote for Associate Philosophy Professor Katheryn Doran.  “She’s kind of tough sometimes, so that was a pretty big deal. And she wrote to me in her comments saying, ‘You should really consider being a philosophy major,’” says Ng, who shrugged off the idea – but not for good.

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Cara Chard ’03
Cara Chard ’03

A philosophy grad finds her way to urban farming

When whimsy and opportunity collided, says Cara Chard ’03, she learned to keep bees on a Brooklyn rooftop. It was her introduction to the burgeoning world of urban agriculture. “Opportunities that I hadn't previously known to exist presented themselves, and I took them,” she says. She ran a farm-based learning program in Brooklyn for three years and then became the first employee of City Growers. She’s now executive director at the nonprofit, which provides students with hands-on food and farm education on rooftop farms.

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