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    Visitors Guide

    I have been all over this country to speak at colleges and universities, and let me tell you, there is a sense of community at Hobart and William Smith that I have not seen elsewhere. Congressman and Civil Rights Activist John Lewis (D-GA)

    Hobart and William Smith are two of the finest colleges in the

    country, and when it comes to international education, they truly lead the way. This outward orientation is vital because the graduating classes of the 21st century will live global lives. Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright

    At the level of the head, and more importantly at the level of the heart, something special is going on at Hobart and William Smith . This is a place where service and stewardship are woven into every aspect and every detail of campus life. Eric Liu, author of The True Patriot

    What Our Visitors Say

    The silicone transistor Super Glue Crank and Crank: High Voltage Bone marrow transplant protocols The Mars rover Spirit Blue yster Cult Cornell University The Cosby Show The giant sauropod dinosaur Paralititan stromeri The U.S. Weather Bureau Seinfeld Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut The television phenomenon Glee

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    By alums

    Worlds of Experience. Lives of Consequence.

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    About Hobart and William SmithAt Hobart and William Smith Colleges, weve built our education around seeing the world from multiple perspectives. If you can

    imagine and create connections among numerous spheres of study or

    thought, you can manage, enable and even maximize change

    with confidence.

    Under the mentorship of faculty and guided by a curriculum grounded

    in exploration and rigor, Hobart and William Smith students are

    transformed. Through carefully designed academic, service and study

    abroad programs and an extensive array of internships, HWS students

    hone their skills and gain the necessary clarity to be competitive when

    seeking employment. They win prestigious fellowships like the Rhodes,

    Fulbright and Gates. They gain admittance to the best graduate

    programs in the world. They go on to lead lives of consequence.

    45 Majors and 65 Minors We require all students to complete an interdisciplinary major or minor and a disciplinary major or minor.


    MajorsAfricana StudiesAmerican StudiesAnthropologyAnthropology and Sociology*Architectural Studies*Art HistoryArt, StudioArts and EducationAsian Languages and CulturesBiochemistry*BiologyChemistryClassicsComparative LiteratureComputer ScienceCritical Social StudiesDanceEconomicsEnglishEnvironmental StudiesEuropean StudiesFrench and Francophone Studies GeoscienceGreekHistoryInternational RelationsLatin Latin American Studies Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual StudiesMathematicsMedia and SocietyMusicPhilosophyPhysicsPolitical SciencePsychologyPublic Policy StudiesReligious StudiesRussian History and SocietyRussian Language and CultureSociologySpanish and Hispanic StudiesUrban StudiesWomens StudiesWriting and Rhetoric*

    MinorsAesthetics African Studies African-American StudiesChild AdvocacyClassical StudiesCognition, Logic and LanguageConcentration in FrenchDevelopment StudiesEducationGerman Area Studies Health ProfessionsHispanic Studies Holocaust StudiesLatino Culture Law and SocietyMens StudiesPeace StudiesPeer Education in Human

    RelationsPublic ServiceRussian Language Russian Area Studies The Sacred in Cross-Cultural

    PerspectiveTheatreWriting Colleagues

    n speciAl ADvising progrAmsPre-LawPre-Health

    n inDiviDuAl sTuDies61% of HWS students create an independent course or major in consultation with faculty advisers to fit their academic interests.

    n speciAl Degree progrAms Architecture Business Administration Education (NYS certification in

    childhood, childhood special education, and adolescent)

    Master of Arts in Teaching (for HWS graduates only)


  • pAsT speAkers AnD perFormersn ABC News Chief Washington

    Correspondent George Stephanopoulosn Congressman and Civil Rights Activist

    John Lewisn Double Grammy Winner Dave Matthewsn President William Jefferson Clintonn Former Secretary of State

    Madeleine Albrightn Grammy-Nominated Barenaked Ladies n Hip-Hop Artist Talib Kwelin Legendary Jam Band Phish

    n Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr. Wangari Maathai

    n Political Activist and Former Diplomat Alan Keyes

    n Political Activist Ralph Nadern Pop Band Gustern Rap/Rock Band Gym Class Heroesn Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clintonn Three-Time Grammy Winners

    Black Eyed Peas

    The Finger LakesHobart and William Smith are located on a spectacular 188-acre campus along the northern tip of Seneca Lake in the City of Geneva. The birthplace of the womens rights movement and in the heart of the Finger Lakes region, this area is rich in history and natural beauty. It serves as a spectacular living and learning environment for students, faculty and staff. The rare natural topography offers combinations of rolling hills and expansive lakescapes. Surrounding Hobart and William Smith is one of the largest acreages of vineyards in the country. The beauty of the area makes it a popular tourist destination and a host to festivals, resorts and shops.

    neArby DesTinATions Bristol Mountain Ski ResortCorning Museum of GlassFinger Lakes ForestGanondagan Native American

    Historic SiteGeorge Eastman HouseMontezuma Wildlife RefugeNational Museum of PlayNational Womens Hall of Fame New York Wine & Culinary Center Premium Outlet MallRose Hill Mansion Seneca Lake State ParkWatkins Glen State ParkWomens Rights Historic Parkand more than 100 award-winning


    Founded in 1822 (Hobart for men) and again in 1908 (William Smith for women), Hobart and William Smith have a rich and unique history that spans nearly 200 years of lacrosse stick-wielding, laurel-passing and note-taking on Seneca Lake. When John Henry Hobart, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, visited Geneva in 1818, he recognized that the bustling lakeside village was the perfect place to build what he called an outpost

    for civilized and learned behavior. The institution was renamed in honor of its founder in 1852.

    An active participant in the womens rights movement, local philanthropist William Smith was committed to founding a nondenominational, liberal arts institution dedicated to educating women broadly. William Smith College was founded adjacent to Hobart and entered into a coordinate

    arrangement that is now unique among American colleges.

    Even before they were known as Hobart and William Smith, the Colleges were known for taking chances on new ideas and people. Geneva Medical College (the precursor to Hobart) holds the distinction of graduating the first woman doctor, Elizabeth Blackwell, and the first Native American doctor, Peter Wilson, in the Unites States.

    Our President

    President Mark D. Gearans appointment to Hobart and William Smith in 1999 made him one of the nations youngest college presidents. In the course of his tenure, he has reinforced the Colleges commitment to academic rigor, global understanding, study

    abroad opportunities and community service, with the goal of providing these elements through contemporary facilities and state-of-the-art technology. President Gearan is a member of the political science department and is a frequent presence in the classroom as a lecturer and instructor. His Presidents Forum series has brought international thinkers, activists, politicians, journalists and heads-of-state to campus to meet with students and share ideas. When named president, Gearan was director of the Peace Corps in Washington,

    D.C., a post he assumed in 1995. Under his leadership, the Peace Corps experienced a resurgence of interest. Previously, President Gearan served at the White House as Assistant to the President and Director of Communications, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff during the Clinton administration. A native of Gardner, Mass., President Gearan earned his B.A. in government cum laude at Harvard University and his law degree at Georgetown University. He is the recipient of 12 honorary degrees.

    Our NeighborhoodwiThin wAlking DisTAnce 2 coffee houses1 bike shop4 pizzerias 2 Chinese restaurants1 Puerto Rican restaurant1 Mexican restaurant 1 health food store1 record store (they sell vinyl!)1 skate park1 community arts center1 Philly steak shop4 diners4 pubs 1 movie theatre (with 8 screens)2 video stores1 Wegmans (the best grocery store EVER)1 ice cream shop


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