Hamilton’s open curriculum gives you the freedom to choose courses that reflect your interests, while still fulfilling the faculty’s expectation that you study broadly across the liberal arts. But with freedom comes responsibility to meet the high expectations our faculty will have for you as a critical and creative thinker, writer and speaker.

Academic Opportunities

As a student at Hamilton you’ll work closely with a faculty advisor to create an individualized plan of study specific to your interests and goals. That plan may include studying abroad, doing independent research or pursuing a multitude of other academic opportunities.
*Minor only, **Not offered as a major or minor

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Off-Campus Study

Our international and domestic off-campus study programs will provide you with new perspectives and new ways to challenge yourself. About two-thirds of our students study off campus before graduating.

Career Planning

Career Planning

Whether you decide, after four years, to pursue a graduate degree or enter the work force, you will be prepared for a lifetime of meaning and purpose.

Especially at a college like mine with an open curriculum, students take classes in areas in which they’re genuinely interested. Even better, professors are genuinely interested in their students and want us to enjoy what we’re learning.

Alan Yeh ’18—

in an op-ed for theodysseyonline.com

Hamilton Communicates

Hamilton College has earned a national reputation for teaching students to communicate clearly, because our faculty believe writing well and speaking well are evidence of one’s ability to think well.

Featured Student

Charles Dunst

World Politics Major


Flawed Democratic Idealism

The Democratic party appears to have recognized a need to shift in the wake of Donald Trump’s once-seemingly inconceivable Presidential victory. Truth be told, however, Trump’s stunning victory is only just the most obvious signal of Democratic failure, as the party’s national failure is and has been immense. The party now holds majorities in just 31 of the country’s 98 legislative bodies, while maintaining 19 of the nation’s governorships. These Democratic losses can be traced back to a partywide acceptance of idealistic reliance on social policy and identity politics.

Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was based upon the pillars of national economic rejuvenation and social change. The contemporary Democratic party has quite clearly misinterpreted this victory. Democrats have focused on the social and identity-based aspects of Obama’s platform, neglecting issues including the economy and security. This is not the 50-state strategy needed to secure national legislative control.

(This op-ed originally appeared on Jan. 14, 2017, on TheHill.com)

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