Liberal Arts Education

Hampden-Sydney College believes that a liberal arts education provides the best foundation not only for a professional career, but for the great intellectual and moral challenges of life. The College encourages each student to develop clarity and objectivity in thought, a sensitive moral conscience, and a dedication to responsible citizenship. 

Hampden-Sydney's curriculum is directed toward the cultivation of a literate, articulate, and critical mind through the study of the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. It provides both breadth and depth in learning and encourages independent programs of study. The individual who is educated in these areas and in the basic disciplines is able to confront any event with true freedom to act, outside the constraints of prejudice and impulse. 

For a more in-depth look at the Academic Program, see the Academic Catalogue.

For a more in-depth look at liberal arts philosophy, read what others have said:

  • Liberal Arts and the Human Soul
    Dr. James A. Arieti, Thompson Professor of Classics
    In this article, Dr. Arieti discusses the "ways [H-SC's] core requirements aim at the goods of the soul...What sets Hampden-Sydney apart today is its courageous embrace of the liberal arts...The spiritual gold of Hampden-Sydney's curriculum has a much greater value still."
  • Dr. Bruce Leslie Discusses the Liberal Arts Education
    John B. D. Potter '11
    "As Dr. Leslie put it, because of their excellence and prestige, liberal arts schools are a 'hidden gem.'  It is no wonder that Hampden-Sydney is sometimes called 'the best kept secret in the country.' ... liberal arts education in America blossomed when colleges came to be viewed as associations that build character in atmospheres of sound learning.  The Hampden-Sydney Honor Code and Code of Conduct are modern-day descendants of this philosophy."
  • But what can you do with a liberal arts degree?