As a major you will be expected to reach near fluency in your language skills and to gain an understanding of French literature and civilization. You will have the opportunity to experience the language and culture as part of the Hamilton in France program, which is based in Paris.

Jessica Sofen '16
Jess Sofen ’16

French? Vet school? A student says oui to both

As she contemplated college, Jess Sofen ’16 was unwilling to relinquish either of the passions she’d held since childhood – French and veterinary medicine. “Probably the primary reason why I chose Hamilton as a college was the open curriculum, because I knew I was going to be an interesting case for them as far as how I was going to work out my schedule of being a foreign language major but pursuing a field in medicine, because there are a lot of requirements on both sides of that,” says Sofen, a French major who takes many and varied science classes.

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Elizabeth Collins '10 in the Alps.

A graduate’s progress: a passion and a Ph.D.

Elizabeth Collins ’10  follows her passion. She just started a doctoral program in French and Francophone studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her study abroad in Paris when she was at Hamilton College was a major influence on her career and academic path.

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