• Deciding on a Major

    Deciding on which of Hamline’s 41 majors to pursue? You’re not alone.


    About one-fourth of undergraduates enter their first year undecided. Undecided students have the opportunity to explore all Hamline has to offer and discover their talents and interests.

    The Hamline Plan, the university’s nationally recognized general education program, allows Pipers to explore a variety of academic disciplines while fulfilling graduation requirements. All students must take at least two classes from the fine arts, the humanities, and the natural and social sciences and at least 84 credits in courses outside of their major. This encourages you to indulge your academic interests and gives you time and access to a wide range of subject areas in pursuit of a focus.

    All students are provided with resources to help them choose a major in accordance with their long-term career goals. Through the First-Year Seminar program, you’ll work one-on-one with a faculty advisor to determine your academic skills and interests. Hamline’s Career Development Center offers extensive services for undecided Pipers, including individual career counseling, internships, and the Bridges Scholar program, which offers coursework in vocational exploration.

    Pipers often determine their major through extracurricular activities, including more than 80 student organizations, five music ensembles, and 19 intercollegiate athletic teams. Internships, volunteer opportunities, and study abroad also help undecided majors to discover their passions and goals.

    The Hamline Advantage

    • The Hamline Plan, the university’s nationally recognized, general education program
    • Personal academic advising
    • Career services including individual career counseling and internships
    • Opportunities to participate in the Bridges Scholars program that offers coursework in vocational exploration
    • Modern facilities and professional equipment
    • Small class sizes and personal attention from professors
    • All classes and labs taught by professors, rather than teacher’s assistants
    • Opportunities for students to conduct independent research and collaborate on professional research with faculty members
    • Students frequently present research at national conferences where they also network with professionals in the field
    • Extensive preparation for graduate and professional school
    • Opportunities to gain internships at Twin Cities businesses and nonprofit organizations, including 20 Fortune 500 companies
    • More than 80 student organizations, five music ensembles, and 19 intercollegiate athletic teams from which to develop talent and insight

    Careers and Graduate Work

    Whatever field you choose to pursue at Hamline, you will gain hands-on experience through internships and volunteer opportunities. Often, these experiences, coordinated through the university, lead to full-time work upon graduation. All majors also have the opportunity to conduct collaborative and/or independent research, giving them an edge when applying to graduate or professional school. More


    Anthropology 1200: Introduction to Field Methods in Archaeology 

    Students are introduced to the methods and theory of field archaeology as part of an on-site excavation project. Techniques covered include: survey, mapping, record-keeping, excavation, and field conservation.


    The majority of Hamline’s graduating class of 2008 is working full time, 15 percent are enrolled in graduate or professional programs, and 7 percent are engaged in full-time volunteer service. 

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    For Natalie Self '09, Hamline is a family tradition.