Maurice Isserman, History
Margaret Thickstun, English
Writing is a central focus of the academic mission of Hamilton. All students must complete the Writing Program by passing at least three writing-intensive courses, each taken in a different semester. For detailed information on the writing requirement, see "Standards for Written Work" under "Academic Regulations." A complete list of writing-intensive courses is published each semester in the pre-registration materials from the Office of the Registrar.
Note that there is no concentration in Writing.
The following courses offer intensive focus on the development of writing skills.
Students will learn the basics of good writing through writing about their own outdoor experiences and writing about the history of exploration and mountaineering. Readings will range from the 1804-06 journals of the Lewis and Clark expedition to books about contemporary Himalayan mountaineering. Students are required to take two class trips to the Adirondacks on Saturdays during the semester: a one-day canoe trip in September, and a one day climbing trip in October. (Writing-intensive.) (Proseminar.) Open to first-year students only. Students may take only one 100-level course in Writing. Maximum enrollment, 16.