Hamline University is a private liberal arts college in Saint Paul, Minnesota, founded in 1854 and named after Bishop Leonidas Lent Hamline of the United Methodist Church. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in Minnesota and one of five Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities. Hamline has a total enrollment of approximately 4,900 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
In 2004, Hamline celebrated its 150th anniversary. Throughout the year, every department held a public event related to the anniversary. The slogan for the event was "Looking back. Thinking forward." In 2010 it ranked first in Minnesota and ninth in the U.S. within the U.S. News and World Report Regional Universities Midwest category. Linda N. Hanson is the university's 19th president, inaugurated in 2005.
College of Liberal Arts
The College of Liberal Arts houses Hamline’s undergraduate programs. College of Liberal Arts students can earn a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in 38 areas of study. Hamline is one of only 276 Phi Beta Kappa institutions in the country. The majors offered are typical of a liberal arts college, and include the physical and social sciences, humanities and fine arts. Students may also minor in 35 areas of study within the college.
The foundation of Hamline’s undergraduate liberal arts program is the Hamline Plan, which is tied directly to graduation requirements and is designed to ensure that students receive a well-rounded education. The plan requires students to conduct independent studies, participate in internships and apprenticeships, and to develop their skills in such areas as writing, speaking, computing, and cultural awareness.
Hamline University School of Law
Hamline University School of Law offers full and part-time legal education in pursuit of the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, as well as the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree for international lawyers. The law school is well-recognized for its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program.The general law school is placed in the third tier by U.S. News and World Report. The four-year average of first-time bar passage rate is over 90%.
Hamline University School of Business
Hamline University School of Business contains both the undergraduate and graduate business programs. The undergraduate program offers degrees in Business Administration (B.B.A.) and Economics. The B.A. also allows students to hold an emphasis in any of the following areas: general business, international business, finance, management, or marketing.The graduate program offers.
School of Education
Hamline University’s School of Education houses only graduate programs. Undergraduate students interested in licensing in Minnesota are tracked through the undergraduate education department within the College of Liberal Arts.
The school offers the following programs:
- Master of Arts in Education
- Master of Arts in Education: Natural Science & Environmental Education
- Master of Arts in English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Master of Arts in Literacy Education
- Master of Arts in Teaching
- Doctorate in Education
The graduate programs are designed to accommodate professionals who are already teaching and are interested furthering their educations, and those who are looking to meet Minnesota licensing laws.
Graduate School of Liberal Studies
The Graduate School of Liberal Arts (GLS) offers three degrees:
- Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)
- Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFA)
- Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults.