Declaring Your Concentration
Students normally declare a concentration in the spring of their sophomore year (i.e., fourth semester). By the end of the sophomore year you must have completed at least two courses in the department or program of your concentration, and must have received a cumulative average of 1.7 or higher for all work taken in that department or program. The concentration will be listed on your official transcript. A student may change from one concentration to another.
When students declare a concentration they will be asked the following questions:
- What led you to choose your concentration? Consider particular courses you have taken, your career aspirations, and your personal experiences.
- (a) Explain how your education thus far has helped you address the College’s purposes and goals.
(b) Which of the purposes and goals have you yet to address, and what do you plan to do to address them?
- Other than completing your concentration, what are your educational plans for your final two years at Hamilton? For instance:
- Are you planning on studying off-campus? If so, where and why?
- Are you interested in exploring the connections between your academic coursework and real-life applications, for instance, internship, leadership and volunteer activities? If so, what connections do you want to explore?
- How does your academic plan help you achieve your career goals?
- What departments or programs offer courses you have not taken but that you want to explore?