Hobart and William Smith graduates carry on lives of consequence in an increasingly multicultural and interdependent world in part because the HWS curriculum underlines the pluralism of our community.
Through their course work, students have an opportunity to experience a broad range of interdisciplinary and multicultural courses and programs such as Africana Studies, Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Studies and Women's Studies. These programs of study give students the tools to understand how to engage and fully appreciate our cultural differences.
Travel abroad is also an integral part of the curriculum, with more than 50 percent of current students traveling abroad during their academic experience. A term abroad allows students to share meaningful interactions and relationships with diverse peoples and perspectives and to enrich the campus community with their newfound experiences when they return.
But students don’t have to study abroad to connect with other cultures. International and exchange students, who live and work alongside traditional students, bring their cultural perspectives to campus, challenging and enriching the entire campus community.
HWS has offered one of the first men's studies programs in the nation since 1986.
The Fiske Guide to Colleges praises the Hobart and William Smith's "innovative curriculum."
The student-faculty ratio at Hobart and William Smith is 11:1 – providing for countless opportunities for students and faculty to develop creative partnerships.
HWS students study in 30 locations on six continents through the Center for Global Education.
Hobart and William Smith is noted for an ambitious emphasis on international study and community service programs.
Visiting faculty member Tenzin Yignyen is a high-ranking monk in the Dalai Lama's personal monastery.