Jessica Burke's interests include Latin American literature and culture, especially Mexico.
Your coursework will help you develop proficiency in multiple languages. You’ll work in small classes that emphasize student-teacher interaction and writing and speaking skills. You may choose to sharpen your languages by study abroad in France, Spain, China or other countries.
About the Major
The foreign-languages program emphasizes multilingual skills, a broad familiarity with other cultures and histories, and study abroad. There is a growing professional demand for graduates who are able to lead and communicate in a multilingual, multicultural world. The program exemplifies Hamilton's most enduring liberal arts tradition — to reach beyond the limits of one's own experience and make connections with others.
The high standards at Hamilton helped prepare me to be a diligent worker who takes pride in always giving 100 percent. My foreign languages degree gave me an international perspective that helps me in both my daily and work life.
Erica Fultz ’08 — Foreign languages major
Foreign languages majors complete a total of eight or more courses in at least two foreign languages. They may choose from Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese and classic Greek and Latin. While they do not form part of the foreign language concentration, Hamilton also offers courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, Swahili and Hindi.
Careers After Hamilton
- Speech Pathologist
- Director, Copyright Administration, Public Broadcasting Service
- Vice President, Marketing, Chanel
- Lieutenant, New York City Police Department
- Vice Chairman, Citigroup Global Markets
- Executive Director, Jane Goodall Institute China
- Language Teacher, Olean High School
Two New Languages and Multiple Opportunities
Madrid, Paris, Grammar: What’s Not to love?
It’s akin to a double major plus, but to Mercedes Girona ’20, that’s just extra fun. She majors in foreign languages, studying French and Spanish. Her second major is anthropology. We asked Girona what it’s like to be that busy as she was looking ahead to a year of study abroad in Hamilton programs.