Residential Engagement in Academic Life (REAL) is a popular housing option open to 64 first-year students. Students live together on the 3rd and 4th floors of South residence hall and take one of four courses taught by Hamilton professors, who also serve as the students' faculty advisor. Through participation in the REAL program, first-year students have an opportunity to integrate their academic work and residential environment in a meaningful manner, and to connect immediately with their faculty member/advisor and classmates.
An introduction to ancient mythology through readings from sources such as Gilgamesh, Egyptian mythology, Homer, Hesiod, Greek tragedy, Herodotus, Livy, Ovid and contemporary mythmakers. Origins, creation myths, divinities and heroes, and mystery religions.
Taught by Shelley Haley, Classics and Africana Studies
What is a self? Does each person have one? Does each person have only one? How is the self related to the soul? Is it unchanging or in constant flux? What is the relationship between the self and the body? Examination of personal identity, the self and the soul as these topics are addressed in traditional philosophical texts, literature and neuropsychology.
Taught by Marianne Janack, Philosophy
An examination of narratives about dreams, and of those that use dream-logic to present aspects of waking life. We’ll ask why and how certain stories lend themselves to dreamy forms. We will pair our analysis of literary and cinematic texts (by authors such as JL Borges, R Ellison, F Kafka, and J Kincaid, and directors like L Bunuel, T Gilliam, R Linklater, and the Wachowski Bros.) with theoretical accounts of dreaming’s form and function. We will also keep dream journals, in order actively to explore the challenges and the rewards of attempting to convey our solitary dreamscapes to others.
Taught by Benjamin Widiss, English
Survey of transformation of Western Europe from the Renaissance through the French Revolution. Focuses on social, political, economic and intellectual developments; examination of primary sources and secondary studies. Stress on basic skills in the study of history.
Taught by Doug Ambrose, History
Course assignments will be made in the summer, based on student interest. Students selected for REAL will be assured registration in one of the four courses. Maximum enrollment for each course is 16 students. Courses marked with a "W" are writing intensive.
Contact Tessa Chefalo, Coordinator of Orientation and First-Year Programs