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.

Jackson Graves '16 in a philosophy class taught by Professor Bob Simon
Jackson Graves '16, center, in a philosophy class taught by Professor of Philosophy Bob Simon and Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy Theresa Lopez.

A student’s aspiration: early law school at Columbia

The open curriculum and chance to shape his education himself drew Jackson Graves ’16 to Hamilton College. So did the breadth and depth of opportunity the College offered for improving his communication skills. Graves is a philosophy major who is pursing a program through Hamilton that would enable him to start Columbia Law School in what would have been his senior year.

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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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