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INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDY

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Nothing grows on the beaten path. So why should your college education follow some pre-set track?

At Hobart and William Smith, your education is just that – yours.

It all starts with the First-Year Seminar, with choices covering everything from the politics of disaster to gender in rock music, from the science of flight to the philosophy of yoga. 

You’ll work with your faculty adviser to broaden and deepen your interests through more than 40 majors and 60 minors, research projects, study abroad, service learning and internships.

Are you ready to step off the beaten path?


Pre-Professional Advising Programs


TRIAS RESIDENCY FOR WRITERS

Learn more about the Trias Writer-In-Residence

FIRST STEPS INTO A COLLEGE CAREER

The First-Year experience would not be complete without its quintessential Seminar. Without regard for future major or minor choices, seminars were constructed around different faculty interests - from peace movements to ancient warfare, Mozart and rock-and-roll. Each seminar is designed to hone writing, speaking, critical thinking and other academic skills that students will draw upon throughout their careers at HWS.

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Maymester

Maymester is a new Hobart and William Smith program designed for first-year students who, at the end of the spring semester, may need one or more credits to ensure normal progress toward the degree.

The program is not a typical summer course, but a wide-ranging, intensive academic experience designed to support success at the Colleges, offering intellectually stimulating exposure to the interdisciplinary thinking central to an HWS education. Maymester addresses several of the Eight Curricular Goals and provides expert residential support to strengthen research, analytical and writing skills. The program also provides a chance to explore personal interests and deepens each student’s connection to HWS and the context in which the Colleges have evolved.

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