The Department of History encourages its students to study abroad for a semester or a year during their stay at Hamilton. Typical destinations for history majors include Spain, France, Italy, England, China, Austria and Japan. Many of these can be visited through Hamilton-affiliated programs. While study abroad is an integral part of the liberal arts curriculum, it has special resonance for students of history as they study events and issues at their source and in their larger cultural context. Students who wish to get honors in the history major must complete at least one year of study of a foreign language at the college level.
All Hamilton history courses stress the development of rigorous, critical reading and research skills. A number of history majors build on these skills by receiving funding to work in collaboration with faculty mentors during the summer as Emerson or Levitt Fellows. History students' knowledge of the world and habits of critical thinking are enhanced by closely working with their professors, who are themselves active in their own specialties.