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Hamilton Courses


Hamilton in France offers a selection of courses exclusively to its students. The format of these courses resembles courses at American liberal arts colleges; they are taught at Reid Hall by French-speaking university faculty. A limited number of courses is shared with Middlebury and Smith college students. The list may change depending on student profile. Normal enrollment limit is 10 (minimum 5 students).

Fall and SPRING Courses

See below for courses offered only in fall or only in spring.

Advanced Grammar and Composition. Systematic review of grammar and style designed to improve students' method of written textual analysis and argumentation required by French universities. The course helps students develop vocabulary and organization which will be useful beyond their experience in France. Fall and Spring. May be taken either or both semesters. HiF. One credit.

Phonetics and Diction. Theoretical rules of spoken French and phonetic transcriptions, individual correction of pronunciation (phonemes, stress and intonation) and auditory training in a relaxed but rigorous environment. Fall and Spring. HiF. One credit.

The Arts of Theater. The syllabus and focus for this class change each semester as they reflect plays staged in Paris theaters each semester. Students attend, read and examine plays; get acquainted with their literary, historical and social significance. They develop an analytical vocabulary specific to the living arts in view of a final individual research paper, in addition to shorter assignments. Requires readings of theatrical texts and mandatory attendance at current productions (approximately every two to three weeks). Fall and Spring. May be repeated, space permitting, with permission of instructor. HiF. One credit.

Writing Methodology. Overview of research and analysis methods employed in French university courses. Terminology, structure and development of critical arguments. Practice in both oral and written presentations. May be taken as a separate course or as complement to certain university courses (mandatory complement for certain university courses). Fall and Spring. HiF. 1/2 credit taken individually; mandatory complement for other courses.

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Tutorials. Students enrolled in some classes in the sciences, social sciences, philosophy and other areas may be required to attend specially-designed sessions to prepare for university assignments. The director determines which courses need a tutorial, which ones are mandatory and which are optional.

Internships tutorial. Students who have been accepted in an internship attend a separate tutorial with a Hamilton faculty member that culminates in a 20/25-page final research paper. See Internships

Fall Courses

Depending on enrollment, HiF may add cultural analysis courses.

Text Analysis: Utopia and Dystopia in XVIII-XXth-Century Texts. Study of this popular topic in French literature and film since the Enlightenment to today. The course will focus on eco-criticism, political and social development of urban centers, the question of literary representations. HiF. One credit.

History of French Painting: 1815-1914. Modernity, Technology and the Question of the Subject. This course, which meets alternatively in class and in various museums in Paris, offers students a panoramic vision of painting in the context of the tremendous social, technological and political development at the end of the nineteenth-century, in France and in Europe. HiF. One credit.

France-European Relationship. An introduction and review of the steady but complicated France’s relations with the European Union, until Brexit and the election of Emmanuel Macron. This is a Consortium course (students from HiF, Middlebury and Smith colleges). One credit.

Françafrique. Political history of the relation of France and various countries in Africa from the colonial period to the independence. The course will also take a deep look at the current and ever-evolving situation. This is a Consortium course (students from HiF, Middlebury and Smith colleges). One credit.

SPRING Courses

Depending on enrollment, HiF may add cultural studies courses.

Paris Architecture: Private and Public Space. Introduction to the history of Paris urban development taking into account the socio-political and environmental contexts in which the city was developed. This courses alternates sessions in class and visits in various neighborhoods and monuments in Paris. HiF. One credit.

Rewriting France’s Colonial Past. A study of how Francophone writers represent France as a colonial and authoritarian force from slavery in the plantations to resistance, emancipation and independence. HiF. One credit.

Women’s Emancipation. Science, Visual Arts and Literature. This course analyzes crucial moments in the emancipation of women from the XIXth century to today from a wide range of media and perspectives. The course will also discuss how societies evolve. HiF. One credit.

Crises in the European Union. Study of various crises that have shaped and reshaped the format and alliances of the European Union. This is a Consortium course (students from HiF, Middlebury and Smith colleges). One credit.

The French Laic State. An exploration of what makes the notion of the Laic state so central in French social and political life. The course takes into consideration historical background and more current developments. This is a Consortium course (students from HiF, Middlebury and Smith colleges). One credit.

Contact Information


Hamilton in France

Christian A. Johnson Hall
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4201 315-859-4222 hif@hamilton.edu
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