Hamilton provides a framework for students to own their education, guided by a rich array of resources tailored to their individual interests.

You’re smart, ambitious, and inquisitive with a diverse set of interests, so naturally you’re looking for a college that will challenge you. And since you haven’t had a lot of choices regarding the classes you’ve taken in high school, you can’t wait to pursue what interests you in college. At Hamilton, that freedom is even greater because we are one of the few colleges in the United States with an open curriculum.

Our Open Curriculum Areas of Study

Guided Independence

Hamilton’s open curriculum will allow you to choose courses that reflect your interests; however, with that freedom comes the responsibility to make informed decisions about your intellectual development. That’s why we don’t expect you to chart your course alone. Your faculty advisor and our ALEX (Advise, Learn, and EXperience) program will ensure your academic success, career preparation, experiential learning, and personal growth.

Apply What You Learn

Hamilton also offers countless opportunities for you to take what you learn in the classroom one step further, whether through service learning, community service, or academic research. These experiences take place on campus and off, and often involve independent work supervised by faculty and alumni.

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James Argo '22 goldman sachs intern

Interning at Goldman Sachs: “A Real Apprenticeship Culture”

Thanks to pursuing courses that he loved, James Argo earned an investment banking internship that led to a job at Goldman Sachs focusing on the healthcare sector.

podcast project Mckela Kanu '22, Emnet Sisay '22

‘Feeding Our Past, Nourishing Our Future’: A Student Podcast

After receiving funds from Hamilton for their research, Emnet Sisay and Mckela Kanu created the podcast ‘Feeding Our Past, Nourishing Our Future’ to make their findings more accessible.

Andrew Little '22

Exploring the Sound of Color

Andrew Little, a music and creative writing double major, undertook a research project to “make an instrument out of the whole color spectrum.”

Emily Benson '23 Semester at Sea

Benson ’23 Sails the High SEAs

Emily Benson got out of her comfort zone by embarking on the Sea Education Association (SEA) program where she studied coral reef ecology.

video: interdisciplinary majors

From Architecture to Zoology, a Tailor-Made Major

Students say Hamilton’s open curriculum makes it possible for them to pursue their true academic passions, and they appreciate the support from advisors and professors that happens along the way.

Zhaosen Guo '21 and Wei-Jen Chang

Digitizing the Past

Digital Humanities Initiative fellow Zhaosen Guo conducted research about the first Chinese students to enroll at Hamilton and to graduate from an American university.

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