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The goal of Hamilton's Interdisciplinary Concentration is to allow students the flexibility to craft a program of study that matches their interests and goals.

Hamilton's innovative liberal arts curriculum dispenses with core courses and encourages academic freedom of choice. That allows most students to pursue their interests in a traditional major or concentration, where they can focus on a particular topic while exploring many other fields. Occasionally, however, students have interests and needs that are different or highly specialized. In such instances, they may work with members of the faculty to create their own concentration.

If the Hamilton curriculum does not meet your specific academic needs or interests, you may design and declare an interdisciplinary concentration involving two or more departments. Imagine the possibilities: Hispanic studies, women's studies and computer science. Or philosophy, mathematics and dance. Unusual, yes; unrealistic, no. After all, the Hamilton curriculum is about forging creative connections.

Explore Hamilton Stories

Courtney Connerly ’22 video screenshot

Mixing the Creative & Digital into an Independent Concentration

She came in for a bit of friendly ribbing from co-workers when Business Insider named her one of “2021’s rising stars of the electric vehicle industry,” but that was OK. “It was really exciting, despite the teasing,” said Claudia Morse ’19.

Andrew Charman ’21

From Architecture to Zoology, a Tailor-Made Major

They are three seniors who share a major, but you’d never know it from the courses they’ve taken. You might be able to tell it by their level of satisfaction with their academic agendas — as interdisciplinary concentrators they built their own majors to what interested them most.

Claudia Morse ’19

Because Hamiltonians Shoot for the Stars: Claudia Morse ’19

She came in for a bit of friendly ribbing from co-workers when Business Insider named her one of “2021’s rising stars of the electric vehicle industry,” but that was OK. “It was really exciting, despite the teasing,” said Claudia Morse ’19.

Careers After Hamilton

Hamilton graduates who pursued an interdisciplinary concentration are finding careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • Community Development Director, Saratoga Springs N.Y.
  • Project Associate, Innovations for Poverty Action, Nairobi
  • Advisor, TCI Wealth Advisors, Inc.
  • Chief of Dermatology, Columbia University
  • Principal & Managing Director, Studios Architecture
  • Teacher, Teach for America

Contact

Department Name

Interdisciplinary Concentration Department

Office Location
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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