Residential Life

Residential Life

First-Year Residential Programs

REAL Program

Residential Engagement in Academic Life (REAL) is a popular housing option open to 64 first-year students. Students live together on the 3rd and 4th floors of South residence hall and take one of four courses taught by Hamilton professors, who also serve as the students' faculty advisor. Through participation in the REAL program, first-year students have an opportunity to integrate their academic work and residential environment in a meaningful manner, and to connect immediately with their faculty member/advisor and classmates.

Fall 2016 REAL Program Courses – Class of 2020

Anthropology 121: Humor: Culture, Interaction, and Politics

Introduces the benefits of considering theoretical approaches, research methodologies, and data together and as interrelated in the production of anthropological scholarship. Stresses the gendered, racialized, and classed dimensions of humor, and the ways the exploration of such dimensions affords insights to questions about inequality, but also the possibilities of conscious reflection and subversion. (Oral Presentations.)
Taught by Chaise LaDousa, Anthropology

Literature 145W: Literature and/of Empowerment

Literature has always played important roles in the cultivation of personal, social, and political empowerment. This course explores a range of debates surrounding literature as a means of individual and group empowerment, issues including the cultural politics of representation; the dynamics of different forms of literary address such as testimony, protest, narrative, and abstraction; the construction of personal and group identity and difference; and writing as a tool for self empowerment. (Writing-intensive.) (Proseminar.) (Genre or Identity and Difference).
Taught by Steve Yao, Literature

Philosophy 122W: Infinity

An introduction to philosophy by way of the infinite. We'll look at the puzzles and challenges raised for our understanding of ourselves and the world by examining different views about infinity, from Zeno's paradoxes and Aristotle's actual/potential distinction; through the medieval concept of syncategorematicity, Galileo's paradox, and infinitesimals in calculus; to Cantor's transfinites and the foundations of mathematics. We'll read works of fiction as well as more traditional philosophy. No particular mathematical background will be assumed, but we will do some basic set theory.
Taught by Russell Marcus, Philosophy


Through a forensic or close analysis and discussion of selected texts by writers such as John Donne, Shakespeare, Poe, Melville, Edna St Vincent Millay, Dylan Thomas, Toni Morrison, Sonia Sanchez and August Wilson (considered in their contexts), students will acquire the skills necessary for critical thinking and communication of their insights about literature. (Writing-intensive.) (Proseminar.) (Theory or Genre)
Taught by Vincent Odamtten, Literature and Creative Writing

Course assignments will be made in the summer, based on student interest. Students selected for REAL will be assured registration in one of the four courses. Maximum enrollment for each course is 16 students. Courses marked with a "W" are writing intensive.


Contact Tessa Chefalo, Coordinator of Orientation and First-Year Programs