Academic Opportunities

25 Majors

In addition to offering over 25 majors toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, Hampden-Sydney College has expanded learning opportunities on and off campus, and in and out of the classroom to enrich the college experience for its graduates and prepare them for a successful career ahead.

Cooperative Programs

Hampden-Sydney College has cooperative relationships with various institutions to offer additional curricular opportunities, including visiting student programs, education consortiums, and exchanges.

Graduate Agreements

Hampden-Sydney College has negotiated agreements with renowned institutions enabling it to offer additional curricular opportunities, including dual degree programs and guaranteed or early admission graduate positions in the fields of medicine, engineering, business, banking & finance, and government, among others.

Honors Program

The Honors Program is designed for the student who has given evidence of a high degree of intellectual curiosity, independence of thought, excitement about learning, and appreciation of knowledge - for the student who brings out the best in his fellow students and his teachers alike. Participation in Honors work is limited to recipients of honors scholarships and to students who apply for membership in the program.

International Studies & Study Abroad

Hampden-Sydney College values the study abroad experience and endorses a wide array of programs in over 30 countries. In addition to the College's own academic study-abroad programs, Hampden-Sydney students are eligible to participate and earn academic credits in approved foreign-study programs sponsored by other colleges or educational organizations.

May Term Study Abroad - Each year Hampden-Sydney faculty develop May Term Abroad programs in special topics within their disciplines. These programs run from mid-May to mid-June and carry 3 to 6 hours of credit. Costs for these programs typically include Hampden-Sydney tuition, airfare, accommodations, some meals, ground transportation, entrance fees and tours pertinent to course content, and insurance.

Virginia Program at Oxford - Among the endorsed programs is the Virginia Program at Oxford, a six-week summer program at St. Anne's College, Oxford University. Students earn six hours of course credit studying Tudor-Stuart History and Literature the Oxford way, in small tutorials with British faculty supplemented by lectures from many of the best historians and literary scholars in England.


Students may receive academic credit for internship-related work produced in their academic fields of study. Such internships combine work done normally in the summer with on-going course work and the production of a substantial research paper on a related issue.

May Term at H-SC

Hampden-Sydney conducts a five-week May Term that provides students with an opportunity to take courses that carry academic credit after the regular academic year. Some courses are experimental in content, requiring extensive time off campus, and some are regular courses that accelerate progress toward graduation, meet requirements ahead of schedule, or repeat courses.

Rhetoric Program

Hampden-Sydney's Rhetoric Program is based on a 1978 faculty resolution that states, All Hampden-Sydney graduates will write competently. The Program is designed to assure that all graduates can write clearly, cogently, and grammatically.

Student Research

Students have the opportunity to work side by side with professors on research projects that are inaccessible to students at larger universities. Hands-on research allows Hampden-Sydney men to spend a significant part of their education outside the classroom working on real problems and gaining invaluable experience.


Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest

The Wilson Center oversees campus-wide efforts to prepare students, alumni, and the people of Southside Virginia to be informed citizens and effective leaders.

The James Madison Program in Public Service - This certificate program is for students interested in careers in government. Students can earn a minor in Public Service and are expected to engage in community service activities.

Military Leadership and National Security Studies - This track in the public service certificate program is designed for students who are interested in the historical, political, cultural, ethical, and legal dimensions of national security policy as well as the place and role of the military in American society. Those who successfully complete the minor receive a certificate in Military Leadership and National Security Studies.

Center for Entrepreneurship and Political Economy (CEPE)

CEPE seeks to motivate undergraduate students to create a more just and prosperous world through entrepreneurship and scholarship in classical liberal political economy. 

Entrepreneurship - The CEPE Entrepreneurship Program encourages entrepreneurial innovation in our students and provides them the experience, skills and connections necessary to go from ideation to implementation. The program brings successful entrepreneurs to campus, sponsors workshops in the practical aspects of running a business and connects students with entrepreneurial mentors.

Political Economy - The CEPE Political Economy Program encourages students to investigate the relationship between political structures and social outcomes. It provides opportunities for students to develop the research, reasoning, and communication skills necessary to prepare them for graduate programs and "idea" careers.