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Our Academic Program

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  Our Field Naturalist course shows how active learning works at Hampshire. It is taught outdoors in varied field sites. Readings are from field guides rather than textbooks. A sense of adventure is required.
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Our academic philosophy is summed up in just three words:

You and your professors will work together to design your own program of study. You won't choose a major the way you might buy a product. Rather, you'll build a concentration out of your interests and intellectual curiosity.

Here, you'll learn to connect ideas. That's why our curriculum is organized into broad, multidisciplinary schools rather than narrow academic departments. It's also why you'll be involved in different kinds of learning, from courses to study abroad to internships. And why life outside of class blends with life in class.

We love ideas, and even more, we love to put them into action. At Hampshire, you'll discuss, write, and collaborate on projects. You'll make things, and you'll make things happen.

Our Divisional System
Hampshire is unique among colleges for its divisional academic system, which is designed specifically to support students in pursuing a personalized, integrative, and active program of study.

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