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

Explore Hamilton Stories

Ellie Sangree ’24 and Jesse Wexler ’24 hold their Grand Prize trophy at the 2024 New York Business Plan Competition

Students’ Business Wins Grand Prize in Statewide Competition

Interdisciplinary studies major Jesse Wexler ’24 and Ellie Sangree ’24 have teamed up and combined their respective science and business acumen to revolutionize the future of clean water.

Bobbi Roca ’24, Julien Swoap ’24, Hannah Jablons ’24, and Aliana Potter ’24

Four Win Prizes in Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition

Four students won prizes in the Oral Communication Center’s Three Minute Thesis competition on April 27, including interdisciplinary concentrator in public health Aliana Potter ’24, won third prize with Primary Care Provider Practice Patterns in Health Provider Shortage Areas and non-HPSAs.

2024 Gilman Scholars

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.


Department Name

Interdisciplinary Concentration Department

Office Location
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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