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Religious Studies

Research will be a crucial part of your work. Hamilton religious studies majors have, for instance, studied religious spaces in transition in a nearby city and the religious lives of local refugees. Through your coursework you will develop an understanding of religion as a powerful element of culture and human experience, not just as social institution or dogma.


Lillia McEnaney '17 at the Institute for American Indian Studies.

A student's twin passions produce a double major 

Lillia McEnaney ’17 has pursued archaeology since high school, discovering Hamilton College’s program as a junior, drawn by its focus on the U.S. and Canada. Once on the Hill, McEnaney discovered a related passion – religious studies. Her particular archaeological interest lies in the U.S. Southwest and examining designs on pueblo pottery from a scientific and religious studies perspective. Not surprisingly, McEnaney majors in archaeology and religious studies. She’s also interested in curatorial work, so Hamilton’s Wellin Museum of Art was another draw. “The idea of going to a school with a new museum that has such a rich archeological and ethnographic collection was really appealing,” says McEnaney, who became a Wellin curatorial intern. Her accomplishments include publishing an article in the international journal Museum Anthropology and curating exhibitions at the Institute for American Indian Studies.

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Billy Ford '10 in Malaysia.

A graduate’s progress: promoting global freedom

An interest in Vietnamese Buddhism drew Billy Ford ’10 to Vietnam to study his junior year at Hamilton College, and the experience set him on his career path. He now works at Freedom House, which describes itself as an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world.

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