Mar 21, 2018  
2006-2008 College of Liberal Arts Bulletin 
2006-2008 College of Liberal Arts Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Life as a Hamline Student

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Twin Cities Location


The Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are widely regarded as among the “most livable” in the nation. Because Hamline University is located within ten minutes of the downtown areas of these two major cities, students and faculty enjoy some of the most impressive and interesting facilities and organizations in the country.

A number of major corporations maintain world headquarters in the Twin Cities, including General Mills, 3M, Cargill, Medtronic, Northwest Airlines, and Target Corporation. The vitality, innovation, and leadership of these corporations, combined with the exciting entrepreneurship of hundreds of other large and small businesses, make the Twin Cities a prime source of internships during college and career employment after graduation.

In addition, Saint Paul is Minnesota’s capital city, vibrant with political and governmental activity. The result is a total educational, cultural, social, and professional resource of incalculable value to students, faculty, and staff-and to the entire community.

Extraordinary benefits abound throughout the Twin Cities: fine repertory theatre, magnificent concert halls and stages, museums, and numerous art galleries, with rich and varied exhibitions. Twin Citians are among the most active and healthy people you’ll find anywhere. In summer, baseball, jogging, biking, swimming, and boating; in fall, football and the Twin Cities marathon; in winter, hockey, ice skating, cross-country skiing; in spring, the whole population is outdoors enjoying hundreds of parks and thousands of lakes.

Campus Buildings


The campus in Saint Paul covers 45 attractive acres with a combination of new and old buildings set with gardens and restful areas. The central symbolic landmark of Hamline’s 37-building campus is Old Main, built in 1884 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

New in 2004, the innovative Klas Center combines a new sports stadium with a community and learning facility, including casual dining, an outdoor plaza, classroom and conference space, and a third-level ballroom with panoramic views of the fields and Old Main Mall.

Classrooms and Labs

Campus facilities include, among others, a state-of-theart Conference Center and technology classrooms in the Law/Graduate Schools Building, the fully equipped Robbins Science Center, and architectural award-winning buildings designed for interaction-the Law Center, Bush Library, and the Giddens/Alumni Learning Center.

Bush Library

Housed in an award-winning building, the Bush Library is the center of intellectual activity on campus. The Library recently received a $4 million renovation that was completed in 2001. Students encounter faculty and other students engaged in study and research, as well as librarians to help negotiate the world of information in print and on the web. Hamline maintains a print collection of over 130,000 books and 1,300 periodical subscriptions. Hamline’s subscription online databases are also extensive-Hamline students annually log over 200,000 database searches!

Besides research, you can utilize the library for private study, group study, and casual conversation. Bush Library has an excellent reference service and delights in helping students master the skills of information literacy. Hamline’s reference staff is available to help students with their library research throughout the day and evening, seven days a week.

The Bush Library has ready access to the major libraries in the state through various online library catalogs and a daily, metropolitan courier service. Periodical articles and books that are not in the Bush Library are available both through the state network and through a national network. Undergraduate students may also check out materials and study at the Hamline University Law Library.

The Library also houses other offices: Center for Academic Services, Computer Support Services, Dean’s Office, ITS Helpdesk, University Archives, and Writing Center.

Art and Theatre

Hamline’s art collection includes works of early expressionists Edvard Munch and Emil Nolde; French cubists Ferdinand Leger and Marie Laurencin; Mexican muralist Diego Rivera; and abstract expressionist pieces by Arshile Gorky, Hans Hoffman, Willem deKooning, and Adolf Gottlieb. Also included are contemporary works by Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, John Chamberlain, and Richard Stankiewicz; graphic works by Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, William Stanley Hayter, and Mauricio Lasansky; and Midwest artists such as Cameron Booth and Paul Manship. African art is also well represented in Hamline’s collection by both recent acquisitions and a number of objects collected by a Hamline missionary in the 1890s. Art exhibitions are on campus frequently.

Students of all majors may participate in theatre performances or as a part of the production crews. The 300-seat Simley Theatre is one of the best-equipped college stages in Minnesota. Our facilities include a large scene shop with equipment for both steel and wood construction, the costume shop stores hundreds of period costumes used in performances and our control booth houses state of the art lighting and sound equipment. A Studio Theatre in Drew Hall serves as the production base for a regular series of student directed one-acts and original works. In addition to theatre work, the department has a dance ensemble that performs twice a year and a small television station that produces a weekly show as well as serving as a production base for the creation of original student films.

Sundin Music Hall is a 315-seat concert hall featuring a German Steinway grand piano and perfect acoustics. Concerts at Sundin Hall attract people from all over the region.

Athletics and Fitness

Hamline University offers intercollegiate and intramural athletics as well as individual fitness programs. From team sports to individual activities, Hamline gives students the opportunity to have fun, get exercise, and form friendships outside of the residence hall and classroom.

The Lloyd W.D. Walker Fieldhouse is one of the highest quality physical activity facilities in the state. It contains three courts for basketball, tennis, and volleyball as well as a gymnastics training center, strength and fitness training center, and sports medicine center. Students can also use the building’s three racquetball courts, jogging track, swimming pool, and the adjacent Hutton Arena.

Built in 2004, the Klas Center offers an improved athletic stadium, as well as learning, gathering and meeting spaces. The facility includes a synthetic playing surface for year-round usability and a state-of-the-art nine-lane track.

Hamline is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Hamline’s men’s cross country team won the conference championship in 2005 and has qualified for the NCAA Championships in three of the last six years. The Piper gymnastics team also has a strong tradition of success, winning the NCGA National Championship in 2000. In the last six seasons, Hamline gymnasts have been named AllAmerican 13 times. Hamline teams won three consecutive AIAW Division III Championships in women’s swimming and diving and nine straight MIAC conference championships during the 1980s. Hamline won MIAC conference titles in football in 1984 and 1988.

Intercollegiate sports include (for men) baseball, basketball, cross country, football, ice hockey, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field; (for women) basketball, cross country, fastpitch softball, gymnastics, soccer, ice hockey, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Campus Resources


Campus Employment

A wide variety of campus employment opportunities are available for eligible students. To be eligible for campus employment during the academic year, a Hamline University student must be degree-seeking, registered for at least half-time status for each full term worked, and eligible to work in the U.S. To be eligible for summer employment, a student must be registered for at least half-time status or pre-registered for the fall term and eligible to work in the U.S.

Students who have received financial aid work-study awards are offered referrals to campus jobs during the month of September if they have returned the application for work study along with four resumes by the August deadline. If openings exist during the school year, students without work-study awards are eligible to apply at various campus offices and departments. There are numerous opportunities for off-campus employment in the neighboring community and in the Saint Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area. Inquiries about both onand off-campus employment should be directed to the Human Resources office.

International students may face work restrictions both onand off-campus due to visa status or other legal considerations. The International Student Advisor and the Center for International Students & Scholars can assist students with these questions.

Career Development Center

“Every student prepared to thrive and excel in his/her life’s work and career” is the vision of the Career Development Center (CDC). Throughout the college experience, Hamline and the CDC offer students a variety of services and support to explore career and vocational interests, gain relevant experience, and develop the skills to compete effectively in the job marketplace or obtain admission into graduate programs. The CDC leads the Bridges Scholars program, a vocational exploration and career skill building course for firstand second-year students. The CDC also partners with many academic departments to support the Practice Interview Week program, a semi-annual event linking hundreds of alumni, employers, and community members with students for practice interviewing, resume critiques, and career coaching.

All first-year and transfer students receive a free copy of Discover Your Path: A Career Planning Guide written specifically for Hamline students. Other services provided by the CDC include career interest assessment and counseling, on-campus interviewing and job fairs, individual job search and resume assistance, internship programs, graduate school planning, part-time job search assistance, a career resource library, and job and career information services online at

Center for Academic Services

Academic Advising. The Center for Academic Services coordinates academic advising and serves as a resource for students and professors who have questions about progress toward graduation and related academic matters. The office also administers new student registration, leaves of absence, and withdrawals.

Each student at Hamline has an academic advisor who is a faculty member. The faculty advisor helps students develop academic and career goals and assists students in planning a course of education appropriate to these goals. The advisor is a primary resource for consultation and information on courses, majors, curriculum requirements, and other academic concerns.

First-year advisors are the students’ first-year seminar professors. Advisors of upperclass students are usually faculty members in the departments of the students’ majors. Upperclass students choose their advisors, and all students may change advisors at any time in accordance with their academic interests or personal preferences.

Writing Center. The Writing Center offers assistance to improve students’ writing skills and provides help on any writing assignment. In individual appointments, trained writing consultants help students develop clarity and precision in writing. Workshops on writing topics important to students are also offered throughout the year.

Tutoring Program. Peer tutors recommended by faculty are available to help students in many CLA courses. Dropin assistance is offered for math, physics, biology, and chemistry. For courses that do not have drop-in sessions, individual tutoring may be arranged.

Academic Skills Sessions. Workshops on topics including note taking, time management, critical reading, test taking, and other academic skills are offered throughout the year. Individual consultations are also available.

Center for Multicultural and International Student Affairs

The Center for Multicultural and International Student Affairs (MISA) is dedicated to supporting, empowering, and promoting the success of students of color and international students. MISA staff and initiatives help create a campus community where the needs of students of color and international students are addressed and where multiculturalism and diversity are appreciated, celebrated, and advanced. Specifically, we offer:

  • Activities that assist students of color and international students in their transition to and success at Hamline, including Student of Color Orientation, International Student Orientation, MISA Mentor Program, MISA Lunch Series, the annual awards banquet, and the “Voice & Vision” newsletter;
  • Assistance, advice and counsel for international students on immigration and visa regulations, processes, and matters;
  • Ten student organizations that support and advocate for students of color and issues of diversity, including Multicultural Alliance, Alma Latina, Asian American Coalition (APAC), Hamline Graduate International Student Association, Hmong Student Association (HSA), International Student Organization (ISO), Native American Student Association (NASA), PRIDE Black Student Alliance, Students for a Free Tibet, and Commitment to Community;
  • Traditional cultural awareness and history events, including Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Awareness Week, Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month, Kwanzaa Celebration, and Hmong New Year;
  • Other activities and programs that provide opportunities for participants to learn about diversity and multiculturalism issues, including World Fest, Social Justice Symposium, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration, and the Hamline University Conference on Race & Ethnicity (HU-CORE).

Chaplain’s Office: The Religious and Spiritual Life Office

The Religious and Spiritual Life Office coordinates programs and offers services for people of diverse religious backgrounds. The Chaplain is available for pastoral counseling and conversation, and to help support students from religious traditions who may have special needs such as fasting and observing holy days. The office and the chapel are located on the second floor of the Student Center.

Hamline provides various opportunities for Christian worship, a gospel choir, small groups, social justice programs, music, and other activities. Special worship services include the annual Christmas Candlelight Celebration, Ash Wednesday Services, Founders Day Worship, and Baccalaureate. Roman Catholic Mass is offered periodically.

Ecumenical Worship services include an informal Chapel gathering on Wednesdays, a short service at the School of Law on Sundays, and a monthly jazz/artist service once a month. Other celebrations are scheduled throughout the year.

The Religious and Spiritual Life Office, with the help of Hamline’s Theological Exploration of Vocation Program, provides a variety of activities to assist students, faculty, and staff to explore their call to ministry, as well as their vocational call to life and work. Activities include workshops, panel discussions, and group meetings. Limited funds are available for internships and visits to seminary and divinity schools to explore one’s call to ministry.

The United Methodist Student Movement meets regularly in the Student Center Chapel Lounge. Hamline’s UMSM is for fun, service, and programs. The Circle is a multifaith group of students that meets in the evening to plan programs dedicated to multifaith education, discussion, and other programs. That commitment is reflected through multifaith worship services, multifaith programs, and events that support diverse religious traditions of the Hamline Community. Programs include speakers, arts and music, and social justice events. Regular opportunities are offered for Buddhist Meditation, Muslim Prayer, Jewish Life, and observances of holy days in different religious traditions. (For more information, see spiritual and religious student groups at the end of this section.)

Commuter Student Services

Commuter Student Services provides resources and services to assist students who live off-campus in nonuniversity housing. There is a Commuter Lounge in Drew Science 116, which is open to all students. It has a refrigerator, microwave, TV, sofas, tables and chairs, magazines, and plenty of space to relax or study. There are lockers available in Drew Science on a first-come, first-served basis. Commuter students may want to explore the option of a car pool parking permit that guarantees a reserved space on campus. There are also two meal plans designed specifically for commuter students. Commuters Are Real Students (CARS) is a student organization seeking involvement from students who are dedicated to commuter needs.

Counseling and Health Services

The Counseling and Health Services Center is located in Manor Hall. Counseling is provided by mental health professionals to promote personal growth and to help students cope with individual difficulties that might adversely affect their educational goals.

All counseling services are provided free of charge to Hamline students. Appointments can be arranged by telephone (651-523-2204) or in person. “Walk-in” hours (no appointment necessary) are available from 11 a.m.- 12:00 noon Monday through Friday. Information shared with counselors is confidential. Services offered include:

  • Counseling and psychotherapy. Individuals, couples, and groups talk with counselors about a wide range of issues including stress, loneliness, depression, anxiety, relationships, and sexual abuse.
  • Seminars and workshops. Topics cover a range of interests including relaxation, body image, chemical health, and self-esteem.
  • Consultation and training.
  • Referrals. The counselors also help people find resources in the community to manage problems with chemical abuse, eating disorders, and other challenges.

Health Services. The primary emphasis of nursing services is student health concerns. There is no charge for a consultation for first aid needs, minor illnesses, blood pressure screening, referrals, and health education materials.

Health services is staffed by a registered nurse and is open Monday through Friday, with daily clinic walk-in hours (8:30-11 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.). Other times are available by appointment. Referrals are made to Parkway Family Physicians or other local clinics as needed.

If you have needs that cannot wait for office hours, please call 651-523-2204 for referrals to urgent care centers or contact Safety and Security or a Residential Life staff member. Safety and Security and Residential Life have lists of local urgent care centers that provide medical care after clinic hours. If you have an emergency and are unable to contact Counseling and Health Services, Safety and Security, or a Residential Life staff member, call Parkway Family Physicians, 651-690-1311. This number is answered day and night.

All students are required to have health and accident insurance and will be charged for Hamline insurance coverage. Students who have their own insurance have the opportunity to waive this insurance fee online. If students do not submit an online waiver request, they will be enrolled in the school policy and will be responsible for the cost of that coverage.

Students are responsible for submitting any insurance claims and making co-payments. Appointments for counseling or health services can be arranged by telephone (651-523-2204) or in person.

Disability Services

Hamline University shall make reasonable accommodations to any qualified individual with a disability. Hamline University is committed to ensuring all qualified students equal access to academic and extra curricular activities.

To be eligible for accommodations, a student must have a documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under the ADA and Section 504, a person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity such as self-care, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, or learning. A qualified student with a disability is defined by Section 504 as anyone who meets the academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in a post-secondary institution’s programs and activities.

Qualified students with a disability requiring reasonable accommodations must provide:

  • Recent and appropriate documents from a qualified professional to verify the need for reasonable accommodations
  • Current documentation, including testing and diagnosis information that has occurred within the past three years
  • Timely requests for all accommodations, especially testing
  • Advance notice for any request for alternate format materials. These materials can take up to six to sight weeks to obtain

Hamline University has the right to:

  • Identify and establish essential elements and technical standards, abilities, skills, knowledge, and standards for courses, programs, and services
  • Request and receive recent and appropriate documents from a qualified professional that verify and support the request for accommodations
  • Consult with the student in making the final determination regarding the selection of effective, appropriate, and reasonable accommodations
  • Make the final decision regarding which accommodations will be provided
  • Deny a request for accommodations if the documents do not identify a disability according to Section 504 and the ADA, fail to verify the need for requested services, or is not provided in a timely manner
  • Refuse to provide any accommodation that is inappropriate or unreasonable, including any that:

    • Pose a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual requesting the accommodation or of others
    • Consists of a fundamental change or alteration of an essential element of a course or program
    • Pose undue financial or administrative burden on the institution

Students who require accommodations should contact Director of Disability Services Deb Holtz at 651-523-2521.

If any student feels that the provisions of the above policy are not being met, he or she should contact Dean of Students Alan Sickbert at 651-523-2134.

Information Technology Services

Over 300 computers are housed in public computing labs across the campus. The labs are open 90-100 hours a week and provide access to the Internet and a diverse range of software applications. Secure wireless is available in all instructional areas and areas frequented by students.

The main computer center is located in the basement of Bush Library and also houses the ITS Helpdesk which is staffed by student lab consultants. There is also a public lab in the Law School which offers software unique to the legal profession.

Public printing and photocopying is available in all computer labs managed by Information Technology Services. Specific information about public printing is available from the ITS web site ( or the ITS Helpdesk (651-523-2220).

In addition to the computer labs managed by Information Technology Services, many departments maintain specialized computer labs for student use. For example, the Music Department has a Music lab with keyboards and composition software, and the Physics department has an Optics lab in Robbins Science.

Residence Halls: Access to the Internet and campus network is available in all residence hall rooms either via wireless or network jack. Specific information about minimum hardware and OS requirements are available from the ITS web site ( In addition to the network jacks, every residence hall room is equipped with a cable television port.

Residential Life

Hamline offers housing to approximately half of its undergraduate student body in six residence halls. The halls provide a supportive environment and offer students a choice of community living styles.

All of Hamline’s residence halls are coeducational, managed by a degreed, professional residence hall director who lives in the hall and is trained to work with student concerns and enrich the residential experience. Resident assistants are trained student staff who are carefully selected and assigned to each floor or wing to act as peer liaisons.

The Charles M. Drew residence hall houses 200 male and female undergraduates. Manor House provides housing for 150 students and is next to Sorin Hall, which houses 100 students. Sorin Hall is barrier free and houses Hamline’s dining facilities. Schilling, Osborn, and Peterson Halls house nearly 100 students each and are the newest residence halls on campus.

In addition to traditional residence hall living, the apartment building on campus offers the convenience of on-campus living with the luxuries of apartment style furnishings and space. The apartment building houses law and graduate students, juniors and seniors, married students, and students in same-sex domestic partnerships. Each apartment houses between one and four residents, and features a bathroom, kitchen, living room, and the option of shared or private bedrooms. Apartments are fully furnished and contain cable and internet connections.

When it comes to food on campus, there are six meal plans to choose from: the 19 meal plan (19 meals per week), the 14 meal plan (14 meals per week), the 10 meal plan (10 meals per week), the 150 meal plan (150 meals per semester), and the 225 meal plan (225 meals per semester). Declining balance dollars are included in all meal plans. Students are encouraged to play an active role in food selection and may participate in the Food Advisory Committee meetings.

Leadership opportunities are also available in the residence halls through participation in Hall Council. Hall Council offers an opportunity for residents to develop social, recreational, and educational activities, assist in establishing policies that are in the best interest of all residents, and act as an advocate of residents’ needs.

Whether students choose to become actively involved in Hall Council, participate in floor activities, or simply enjoy the privacy of their rooms, the residence hall experience is designed to enhance their academic development and progress at Hamline.


Air Force ROTC is designed to prepare students for commissioning as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force. Hamline students with any academic major may participate in the program at the University of St. Thomas, although Hamline will not grant academic credit for ROTC courses. Students can also compete for twoto four-year scholarships, which pay for tuition, lab fees, and books and provide a tax free stipend of $250-400 monthly based on class level. Pre-medical majors may compete for twoand three-year scholarships. Students who receive such scholarships and are accepted into medical school are also eligible for a scholarship to pay for medical school. For more information call St. Thomas at 651-962-6320 or 1-800-328-6819, ext. 6320.

Safety and Security

The Office of Safety and Security Services is open 24 hours a day serving the campus community. The office is located in 128 Drew Hall and is staffed by 13 professionals and approximately 20 student staff. Professional staff includes a director, assistant director, day supervisor, evening supervisor, and patrol officers.

Additionally, students serve in positions as dispatchers. The office is responsible for the general safety and security of the Hamline University campus and is the first to respond for emergencies until assistance is available by police, fire, or medical emergency agencies.

The Office of Safety and Security Services also provides students, staff, and faculty with their university ID cards. The Office of Safety and Security maintains a close working relationship with university campuses, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The office can be reached at 651-523-2100.

Service-Learning and Volunteerism

Service-learning is learning to serve, to participate, and to contribute to community. It develops one’s sense of social responsibility, self-confidence, critical thinking, conflict resolution, and cross-cultural and leadership skills. Service-learning influences career choices, personal values, social justice, and the world.

The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteerism offers connections to communities. Student initiated programs include the Spring Community Service Investigations, Raise Your Voice to Action, and Students Mobilize to End Homelessness. The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteerism works closely with Hamline’s LEAD program and with the Hamline-Hancock Elementary School Collaboration.

The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteerism is located in the Student Center and is staffed by students and professionals.

Student Activities and Leadership Development

The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development provides students with opportunities to immerse themselves in a variety of onand off-campus activities. Working collaboratively with students, staff, and faculty, the office encourages the involvement of students in co-curricular programs to complement their academic experience. Students may become engaged and empowered at Hamline through student organizations, service-learning, paraprofessional activities, and campus programs.

There are over 60 clubs and organizations that students may join. Organizations cover a wide variety of interests related to the performing arts, social justice/service, publications, multicultural, special interest, and academic majors. Clubs are responsible for programming a number of activities throughout the year such as speakers, concerts, video nights, and off-campus trips. These activities are almost always free and open to all students.

The office also works to develop and recognize student leadership on the campus. The Circle of Excellence, the Emerging Leaders Retreat, and the Women’s Leadership Retreat are just some of the leadership development programs aimed at students who are looking to develop their leadership skills and get more involved on campus. Students can also be involved with the Hamline Undergraduate Student Congress (HUSC), the student government of Hamline’s College of Liberal Arts. HUSC works with faculty, staff, and administration to make sure students voices are heard. There are approximately 30 elected and appointed positions within HUSC including an executive board, representatives from each class, student of color representatives, commuter representatives, nontraditional student representatives, and an international student representative.

New Student Orientation Programs are also coordinated by the Student Activities Office. Orientation is the time when students are officially welcomed into the Hamline community. The program is designed to assist students in making the transition to college and give them the information they need to be successful both in and out of the classroom. There are programs for both firstyear and transfer students. At each, students meet new friends, learn about campus life, and discover the many opportunities that await them at Hamline University.

Student Center

The A.G. Bush Student Center serves as the focal point of campus activities. It contains the post office, Hamline University bookstore, chaplain’s office and chapel, student activities and leadership development office, multicultural affairs office, office of service learning and volunteerism, meeting rooms, the HUB snack bar, the swimming pool, and a lounge area with an espresso cart. It is filled with activity, excitement, and the warmth that results from students, faculty, and administrators sharing a cup of coffee, relaxing in the HUB, or enjoying a movie in the lounge.

The Student Center Front Desk provides students with a place to go for general information about the campus, events, or student organizations; sales for discount movie tickets, bus passes; discount tickets for major local attractions; information about and tickets for upcoming student organization events; game rental including billiards; information on off-campus housing listings.

Veterans Affairs

Questions and procedures for undergraduate and graduate veterans and veterans’ dependents are handled by staff in the Student Administrative Services office, Law/Grad 113.

Student Affairs and the Dean of Students Office

Student Affairs and the Dean of Students Office are partners in the Hamline University community of learners and teachers and through its services, creates an environment conducive to intellectual, personal, spiritual, ethical, and cultural exploration and growth. Recognizing that learning is multi-dimensional and ongoing, Student Affairs seeks excellence in providing services and opportunities for personal development and civic responsibility.

The Dean of Students Office provides leadership to the student affairs departments and works directly with students, faculty, and staff to provide services and programs that enhance student life in the university community.

The dean of students serves as the primary administrative liaison between undergraduate and graduate students and the university and has the responsibility for the judicial system, formulating policies, advising the parents council, producing the Student Handbook and Planner, and providing general assistance to students and student groups.

Departments in the student affairs area include residential life, dining services, counseling and health services, career development center, multicultural and international student affairs, student activities and leadership development, office of service-learning and volunteerism, disability services, and commuter students.

Women’s Resource Center

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC), established in 1983, is a place for Hamline women and men to get together to work toward making the world a better place for everyone. The purpose of the WRC is to focus on nonpartisan social and intellectual action and educational programming directed toward the issues of women’s health, children and family, careers and internships, as well as to further education about current social topics relating to women. The WRC serves as a resource base to meet the needs of women on campus and to educate the university on the contributions of women to society. Past WRC activities include the celebration of Women’s History Month, topical “coffee talks” and other speakers, and book discussion groups.

Students Organizations and Special Programs for Students


Annual Events and Convocations

During the course of each year, the College of Liberal Arts hosts a wide range of events, bringing in well-known speakers to address specific themes and issues. Many of these events are held during the weekly convocation hours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, during which no classes are scheduled, to enable students to attend these special programs.

Some of the events include:

  • Commitment to Community Lecture Series
  • The Fall Fair
  • Founders Day
  • Hamline University Symposium on the Humanities
  • Hanna Lecture in Philosophy
  • Honors Day and Scholarship Fair
  • Howard W. Alkire Symposium in International Business and Economics
  • International Roundtable Series
  • Kay Malmstrom Lecture in Physics
  • National Mock Trial Tournament
  • Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Series
  • Seminar in Contemporary Religious Thought
  • 3M-Ron Mitsch Chemistry Lecture

Student Congress

Hamline Undergraduate Student Congress (HUSC) is the student governing body of the undergraduate college. The Congress is comprised of class representatives and members from many student organizations.

Any Hamline student may speak and vote on issues before Congress, whether or not one is an elected representative. Some of HUSC’s responsibilities are to allocate student activities fees to fund campus organizations, appoint student representatives to the standing committees of the college to ensure student input into matters of campus governance, to serve as the official “voice” of the college students on issues of campus-wide importance, and to pass legislation referred to it by student groups, the faculty, or an administrative body.

Student Organizations

Student organizations sponsor a variety of activities on campus. The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development supports and works with student groups, but all the groups exercise a great deal of autonomy and are, in fact, the students’ organizations.


Anthropological Society
Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society
Communications Club
Forensic Sciences Society
German Club
Le Cercle Français (French club)
Paralegal Society
Management and Economics Club
Mediation Team
Mock Trial Team
Model United Nations (HUMUN)
Moot Court Team
Philosophy Club
Psychology Interest Group
Society of Physics Students

Arts and Literature

A Cappella Choir
Anime Club
Bach Singers
Dance Company
Fulcrum (literary)
The Guild (science fiction)
Jazz Ensemble
Mamadada Art League
Masquerade/575 (arts)
Merely Players
Music Council
Oracle (newspaper)
Oratorio Society
Pep Band
Piper Radio Station
Wind Ensemble
Women’s Chorale


African Student Association
Alma Latina
Asian Pacific American Coalition
Hmong Student Association
International Student Organization
Native American Student Association
PRIDE (African-American student group)


Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology, social research, social service)
Beta Beta Beta (biology)
Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership)
Phi Beta Kappa (honorary scholastic fraternity)
Pi Delta Phi (French)
Pi Epsilon Delta (National Collegiate Players)
Pi Gamma Mu (social science)
Pi Lambda Theta
Psi Chi (psychology)
Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish)
Sigma Tau Delta (English)
Torch and Cycle (scholarship, leadership, service)


Access Now!
Amnesty International
Animal Rights Coalition
Commitment to Community
Environmental Club
Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance
Habitat for Humanity
Hamline College Democrats
Hamline College Republicans
Hand in Hand (Hancock Elementary School)
Hamline University Student Congress (HUSC)
Spectrum (GLBT student group)
Women in Natural and Social Science
Women’s Resource Center


Alpha Gamma Epsilon Sorority
Commuters Are Real Students (CARS)
Delta Tau Sorority
Greek Alliance
Hamline Entertainment & Activities Team (HEAT)
Hamline Outdoor Recreation Club
Hamline Rock Stars (rock climbing)
Hamline Ultimate Frisbee
HIRC-Residence Hall Councils
Intramural Sports
Theta Chi Fraternity
Weekend Programming Board


Baha’i Association
Buddhist Meditation Group
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Jewish Student Alliance
Lutheran Student Movement
The Circle
Multifaith Group
United Methodist Student Movement
Word and Table

Student Publications

Three publications offer students hands-on experience in journalism and photography. Hamline students publish the Fulcrum, art and literature review; the Oracle, the newspaper for the campus; and the Liner, the undergraduate yearbook. These publications, along with the student photography lab, are funded by HUSC and report to the Student Congress.


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