Hampden-Sydney College provides resources for you to reflect upon who you are most authentically, what you value most deeply, and what the world needs from you. 

At Hampden-Sydney, we believe that life is a journey. The journey does not end when our young men graduate and leave The Hill. Our hope is that they continue in the process of reflecting on their careers throughout their lives as they develop into good men and good citizens.

Our young men have the opportunity to explore career possibilities in a number of settings and environments including the academic advising program, career counseling, freshmen seminars, Army ROTC, Living and Learning Communities, mentoring programs, athletic team service projects, Society of '91, Residence Life service projects, Wellness Center activities, and academic classes.

At Hampden-Sydney I developed a foundational sense of myself. After my experiences with the teachers and the people that I met there, I stepped out into the world as a much more confident person, ready to create new things.

Tyler Barstow ’10

Career Possibility Questions

Who am I? What is my purpose? What do I want to be known for?  What are my passions and gifts?

Traditionally, liberal arts institutions have understood that part of their mission was not simply to prepare students to make a living, but to live a life. Our liberal arts education has challenged our men to reflect upon fundamental questions such as the ones above, as well as "What does it mean for me to be a good man?", and "What should my life as a good citizen look like?"

The 'big' questions:

  1. Why am I in college?
  2. What are my passions, talents, gifts?
  3. What do others need from me?
  4. What do I want to be known for?
  5. What does it mean to be a good man and how do I become one?
  6. What do I believe?
  7. How will I know my life's purpose and calling?
  8. How do I take full advantage of my H-SC education to become a "good man and a good citizen"?
Vocational reflection questions list

The McRae Program

The McRae Program in Religion and Society was established through a generous grant from Dr. Arthur C. Houts in honor of his mentor, Dr. Charles Ferguson McRae. The program intends to foster student discovery of vocation, promote synthesis of engaged learning and moral action, and prepare students for the practice of vocation in the context of a modern, pluralistic society.

McRae Program


Academic advising is a key component of your experience at Hampden-Sydney College. Beginning with your first week at H-SC, you will meet regularly with your advisor and find a place in the academic community. Your advisor can help you achieve academic goals and map a path towards a successful career.



Ferguson Career Center

Visit the Career Center to help you navigate the journey from choosing your passion and exploring a career to finding a job. 

Career Center

Majors and Minors

Choose from 27 majors and 22 minors. Aong the way, we will help you find your passions, gifts, and purpose.

Majors & Minors