Educational Goals

Although Hamilton’s curriculum has relatively few requirements, our professors have many expectations that reinforce the educational values of the College.


Working closely with a faculty advisor, you will craft an educational plan that reflects your particular interests and abilities.

Areas of Study

Hamilton offers 44 majors (we call them concentrations) and 57 total areas of study.

Frequently Asked Questions

An open curriculum allows you to choose courses based on your interests and skills. Most colleges have a core curriculum or distribution requirements; Hamilton does not.

Imagine being in a class where everyone is there because they’re genuinely interested in the subject, not because they have to fulfill some requirement. In such an environment, classes are more interesting and engaging.

For the most part, yes, but Hamilton’s professors believe so strongly in the importance of writing that they will require you to enroll in three writing-intensive courses. In these courses, which are offered throughout the curriculum, you often will write drafts, receive feedback on composition, form, and content, and pursue substantive revisions. We also expect you will demonstrate facility in quantitative and symbolic reasoning by completing one or more courses in at least one of the following three categories: statistical analysis, mathematical representation, and logic and symbolic reasoning. Finally, Hamilton maintains a physical education requirement.

To graduate from Hamilton you must complete 32 units (almost all Hamilton courses are one unit). This includes three writing-intensive courses, at least one quantitative and symbolic reasoning course, the physical education requirement, and the requirements for your concentration (what most colleges call the major), including a course that addresses how social categories structure the world in which we live.

Many students do not start their Hamilton education with a clear idea of which concentration to pursue, and many others change their proposed concentration during their first two years. Some choose more than one concentration or combine a concentration with a minor. You will declare your concentration in the spring of your sophomore year. Each concentration includes a Senior Project.

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