Special Programs

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 negotiated agreements with various institutions enabling it to offer additional curricular opportunities to its students, including dual degree programs, education consortiums and exchanges, and guaranteed or early admission graduate positions.

Graduate Business Agreement

Through this program, Hampden-Sydney College provides superb undergraduate preparation for a career in business, banking, and finance grounded in the breadth and depth of a liberal arts education. However, it goes a step further by allowing you to leverage the College's connections - formal and informal - with renowned graduate programs.

Freshman Seminars

 Freshman seminars are designed to stimulate students' interest in the liberal arts from the outset of their college careers; to encourage students to begin asking important questions and seeking answers to them; and to provide students with the opportunity for interaction with faculty and other students in a small seminar environment. They include a significant amount of both writing and oral presentation. Topics vary from semester to semester,

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 other demonstrably superior students who apply for membership in the program. (see also Academic Catalogue for more information)

International Studies and 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. These programs offer a variety of opportunities for study in Europe, Central and South America, South and East Asia, and the Middle East. (see also Academic Catalogue for more information)

May Term Study Abroad - Each year Hampden-Sydney faculty develop May Term Abroad programs in special topics within their disciplines. These programs generally run from mid-May to mid-June and normally carry 3 to 6 hours of credit (depending on the structure of the program and the content of the courses associated with the program). 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.

May Term

 Hampden-Sydney conducts a five-week May Term starting one to two weeks after Commencement. One of its purposes is to provide students with an opportunity to take courses which are experimental in content or presentation, particularly those which require extensive time off campus. (See also May Term Abroad, above.) These special summer courses carry regular academic credit. In addition, certain courses offered during the regular session are also offered during the May Term so that students can accelerate progress toward graduation, meet requirements ahead of schedule, or repeat courses.  (see also Academic Catalogue for more information)


 Students may receive academic credit for internships related to 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. Hampden-Sydney's Career Education office offers a wide variety of services to help place students in internships within their areas of interest during their career at the College.

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. It consists of course work and examinations, supported by a writing center staffed by faculty and peer tutors.

Core Cultures Program

 Western Culture program is a two-semester sequence that introduces all Hampden-Sydney students to the history and cultural achievements of western civilization, from its roots in the early civilizations of the Middle East to the present day. The course is grounded in a consideration of both historical sequence and significant historical and cultural questions; it examines a variety of texts--literary, philosophic, theological, artistic--placed clearly in historical context. Ultimately, the course aims to explore "the way we live now" through a consideration of our cultural legacy.

Global Cultures program is a two-semester sequence that introduces students to global processes across time. The course is thematically organized and contextually centered. It does not attempt to narrate a "history of the world;" rather, it compares hierarchal structures, cultural frameworks, and regional and global networks from the beginning of human history to the present. It emphasizes how contingency and human agency have shaped the global past, how civilizations are mutable "works in progress," and how texts serve as examples of authors writing within specific historical contexts.

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 Program is for students interested in careers in government. Those who successfully complete the Minor receive the Public Service Certificate and have their participation noted on their transcripts. Students enrolled in the certificate program are expected to engage in community service activities either as participants in the "Good Men, Good Citizens" program or through association with organizations such as Habitat For Humanity.

Military Leadership and National Security Studies Track - This track in the public service 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 and have their participation noted on their transcripts.

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 goal of the CEPE Entrepreneurship Program is to encourage entrepreneurial innovation in our students and provide 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. Our goal is to provide opportunities for students who have an interest in the rationale and effects of public policy to develop the research, reasoning and communication skills necessary to prepare them for graduate programs and "idea" careers. By sponsoring a progressive series of programs from public lectures and reading groups to writing workshops and student research grants we create a community where students can explore and develop their passion for ideas.

Pre-professional tracks (Tiger Tracks)

Tiger Tracks are a series of documents designed to help chart a course after Hampden-Sydney College.  We recognize that there are lots of careers that students are interested in, but that don't appear to correspond to our choices in majors.  Tiger Tracks are a bridge between those sides, providing you with a road map of classes, extracurricular activities, resources, and alumni connections that help you achieve your dreams and goals:

Banking and Finance
Communication, Art, and Design
National Security
Real Estate
Sports Management