Philosophy is a practice at Hamilton, where your professors will encourage you to be engaged and to apply your training beyond the classroom. For instance, philosophy majors have developed and taught philosophy mini-classes to their peers and to local high school students. You’ll think creatively about what philosophy is and how it may (or may not) demand practical action.

Chris Bousquet '16
Chris Bousquet '16, right, double major in philosophy and government, tutors Conor Bradley '16, left, in the Writing Center.

A student’s exploration: making the most of multiple interests

Maybe it’s harder to make choices when your interests blanket the course catalogue, but Chris Bousquet ’16 found a way to fit things in. He double-majors in philosophy and government; at one point he was thinking maybe physics and government or French and government. He entered Hamilton College as a Schambach Scholar, which means he has a stipend to do research in a subject of his own choosing. He went with math.

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Cara Chard ’03
Cara Chard ’03

A philosophy grad finds her way to urban farming

When whimsy and opportunity collided, says Cara Chard ’03, she learned to keep bees on a Brooklyn rooftop. It was her introduction to the burgeoning world of urban agriculture. “Opportunities that I hadn't previously known to exist presented themselves, and I took them,” she says. She ran a farm-based learning program in Brooklyn for three years and then became the first employee of City Growers. She’s now executive director at the nonprofit, which provides students with hands-on food and farm education on rooftop farms.

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