The Hamline Academic Experience
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.
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.
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
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.
As a Piper, you will complete at least one paid internship in your field. Hamline offers many connections to industry leaders within Minneapolis-Saint Paul and beyond. To help you land your ideal internship, our Career Development Center staff will work with you to create an effective resume and help you prepare for job interviews.
All Pipers have the opportunity to work side-by-side with their faculty mentor on at least one research or engaged-learning project. You may work on a research project faculty already have in progress or you can develop your own project.
At Hamline, every Piper participates in a hands-on, experience-driven education to provide you with real-world skills that employers in your field will value. For example, you may take courses with embedded research experiences or courses with community-engagement built into your learning.
4. Academic support from day one
First-year student learning communities
Looking for a way to make sure you connect with other students when you start at Hamline? Join a learning community for first-year students designed to connect you with other students and faculty from day one and throughout your first and second years. You’ll also:
- Make efficient progress toward your degree
- Get priority registration
- Enjoy exclusive events
- Free textbook rental one term your third year
Academic advising support
Our team of academic advisors are available to guide you in registering for courses, planning your path to graduation, career planning, and selecting your major.
Writing and Communication Center
We provide you with one-on-one tutoring in writing, public speaking, and other forms of communication so you can excel in our courses and be prepared for your career.
Looking for some support during a challenging class? Hamline offers one-on-one and group tutoring with our staff and peer tutors.
Ready to go — from Day One.
Hamline students get real-world experience with internships, lab work, archeological excavations and so much more -- making them ready from the moment they start their careers.