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Degree: Religion/Religious Studies
Graduation Year: 2017

Hillsdale College is a liberal arts institution, where the Western Tradition including Christianity is valued and taught. Politically and pedagogically, the school is conservative in the sense that the Constitutional rights and the Biblical principles are the bedrock of all curriculum. Its motto, "Strength rejoices in the challenge," implies the rigorous academic life, but at the same time, students endure this hardship for the sake of attaining the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. Coming down from this abstract description of the college, my religion major was quite interesting. Although the college boasts its Christian heritage, the religion department itself is extremely small with respect to other departments. Although the college justifies that Christian values are embedded in every subject at least implicitly, I think the college can benefit from having a strong religion department which gives the Christian vigor and firm affirmation to the rest of the college. Having said that, I think my few religion professors were excellent and devoted to their teaching. They cared me as a student, as a fellow human being, and as a Christian brother. I always took advantage of flexible office hours to chat and ask questions. After all, I guess the small aspect of the department gave me personable relationships with my professors. Overall, excellent, thought-provoking classes for sure. Changed my perspectives, challenged my faith, and brought me closer to myself.

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Degree: American Government and Politics (United States)
Graduation Year: 2015

Hillsdale College provides a robust liberal arts education. With a core curriculum that stretches students to study everything from biology to philosophy, students will leave Hillsdale College with a well-rounded education. My favorite part about the college was the quality of the professors. Approximately 90% of my classes had 25 students or less, so I always had the ability to form a personal relationship with my professors. Students make a habit of visiting professors in their office hours to discuss ideas from class, and classroom discussions are typically dynamic. One of my professors regularly employed the Aristocratic method in class, so we had the opportunity to both learn the subject matter and to increase our ability to discuss our opinions and give evidence on the spot. Learning how to think, and how to process diverse types of information, has equipped me well for my current work in policy advocating for women and children's rights to be free from exploitation. I would recommend Hillsdale College to any prospective student in a heart beat!

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