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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.

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

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Salwa Sidahmed ’23

A Watson Fellow’s Plant-Based Journey to Five Countries

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship offers participants the chance to explore their “absolute passion.” This mission appealed to Salwa Sidahmed ’23. After graduation, Sidahmed will visit five different countries to follow her passion: plant-based practices and sustainability.

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Six Awarded Gilman Scholarships

Six Hamilton students — Lara Barreira ’25, Nikki Conlogue 25, Miranda Gregory ’25, Kelvin Nunez ’24, Christina Stoll ’25, and Mimosa Van ’26 — are studying abroad this semester, thanks to assistance from Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships.

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Interdisciplinary Concentration Department

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198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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