Against the contemporary rush to turn colleges and universities into vocational training grounds, Hamilton remains a beacon of the liberal arts and their supporting philosophy. The best students are drawn by the College's emphasis on intellectual rigor, writing, speaking and research in the pursuit of broad knowledge.
A liberal arts education prepares us not only for professional life, but also for a deep engagement with the world and a lifelong love of learning. Hamilton, we like to say, is where one learns not what to think, but how to think.
The "arts" in the liberal arts have changed over time, however, and they continue to evolve. The disciplines of the studio arts, theatre and critical engagement with the arts have become cornerstones of a broad liberal arts education:
What doesn't change? The mission of the liberal arts: to educate the whole individual through rigorous technical instruction, careful critical analysis, the exploration of history and theory, and the thoughtful pursuit of personal creativity.
Each of these ends is served by broad training in the arts themselves.