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Academic Program in the Adirondacks

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Janelle A. Schwartz
General Director

The Academic Program in the Adirondacks at Hamilton College is a place-based, semester-long learning experience that combines rigorous academic study with the skills and understanding gained through field experience in the Adirondack Park with local organizations and in wilderness contexts. The focus is on local, interdisciplinary environmental issues with global implications.

We seek to attract a broad spectrum of students — students of all majors and interests! — who want to investigate the ecological, geological, political, economic, and cultural issues that have shaped the complex mix of natural and human environments in the Adirondacks. The program offers students a 15-week residency in the Park, at The Mountain House in the High Peaks region, and the opportunity to learn intensively, interdisciplinarily and experientially about the nature of place and place-making through stewardship and the liberal arts.

We seek students who demonstrate motivation, maturity, and a willingness to work and live both independently and communally in a rural environment.

20 students per term. The program is open to juniors and seniors in their FALL semester. Sophomores may apply through an appeals process to the Committee on Academic Standing (contact the General Director for more info).

Taught by members of the Hamilton faculty and augmented by guest speakers and our local partners throughout the Adirondack Park, each student will take a full load of courses (4 credits toward graduation):

Students may earn up to two credits in their area of major or minor concentration, pending approval from their home department or program. Those students in Environmental Studies can automatically obtain credit toward their ES major or minor for the Intensive Seminar and the Independent Capstone Project.

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