The Hamline Academic Experience

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A Hamline degree will set you apart

At Hamline, we believe in providing you with a career-ready education. That’s why, as a Piper, you will participate in practical, real-world experiences both in and out of the classroom to help prepare you for your career.

From every class in your chosen major to your general course requirements, Hamline ensures that by the time you graduate, you will have a top-rated education that is attractive to future employers. 

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1. Easy-to-complete general education plan 

Every Piper completes our general education plan—the Hamline Plan—which helps you develop skills such as collaboration, leadership, critical thinking, and communication— so you have the tools to succeed in your first career and every career thereafter.

The Hamline Plan requirements are seamlessly interwoven into your major and minor coursework, making it easy to graduate in four years.

Learn more about the Hamline Plan 


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2. Skills-based minors to make you more competitive

A skill-based minor complements any major and gives you more opportunities to enhance your education—helping you stand out in your field. Examples include:

  • Applied psychology minor
  • Business practice minor
  • Data visualization minor 
  • Digital storytelling minor
  • Ethics and advocacy minor
  • Forensic and investigative science minor
  • Leadership minor

Explore skills-based minors

3. Hands-on experiential learning built into everything

While at other universities, students have to wait until their senior year or even graduate school before they can participate in educational and practical experience opportunities in their field, at Hamline, you have the opportunity from day one. These opportunities can help you stand out when applying for jobs after graduation.

4. Academic support from day one

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