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Hispanic Studies

On campus you will find a diverse curriculum that includes Spanish language and Latin American, Spanish and U.S. Latino literature and culture. In Madrid, during the Academic Year In Spain program, you will have the total immersion in Spanish life and language no classroom can duplicate.

Bryan Ferguson outside the Instituto Internacional in Madrid.

A double major and multiple goals

During high school Bryan Ferguson ’17 volunteered in a pediatric oncology unit at a local hospital, an experience that helped convince him he wanted a career as a physician. He also loves learning Spanish. He majors in biochemistry and Hispanic studies and is spending part of his junior year in Madrid. He hopes to use Spanish in his career. “I know I would really love to do clinical work in Latin America. The dream is to establish my own clinic somewhere, but who knows if that will ever happen?” says Ferguson, who leads Hamilton’s Global Volunteers, which undertook a service project in Nicaragua and is planning another. His dream has another component, discovered through summer research with Hamilton College Associate Professor Myriam Cotten and during his Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. He loves doing drug-design research, too.

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A graduate’s progress: a Columbia law degree and federal job

Hamilton College degree in hand, Sarah Krieger ’11 went straight from the Hill to Columbia Law School. She now works for the federal Department of Justice as attorney advisor in its Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, a law clerk to eight judges in the Arlington Immigration Court and Headquarters Immigration Court. She was first drawn to immigrant law when she wrote her senior theses on Arizona’s SB-1070 bill, a controversial immigration law. “I was a double major in government and Hispanic studies, so immigration law is a natural interest for me that combined my two majors,” Krieger says.  “After writing my senior thesis, I knew I wanted to pursue immigration law. I intended to work in the advocacy field, but a law professor I had pushed me to apply for this job, and I'm so happy I did that.”

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