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Our Academic Program

Becoming a Field Naturalist
students in NS class

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.

Success After Hampshire

Hampshire's interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to education produces remarkable results. Read more »

Our academic philosophy is summed up in just three words:

Personalized

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.

Integrative

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.

Active

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.

Success After Hampshire: Outcomes

Becoming a Field Naturalist
students in NS class

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.

Success After Hampshire

Hampshire's interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to education produces remarkable results. Read more »

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Colleges that Change Lives

Hampshire College is a member of Colleges that Change Lives, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process.

"There are two reasons why Hampshire graduates achieve so much. One is the kind of person the college attracts. The other is what the college does for them by equipping them to become their own wide-ranging explorers and connection-seekers." —Loren Pope, Colleges that Change Lives (2006)