Hamilton Courses

Each semester Hamilton in France offers several courses exclusively to its students. The courses are taught at Reid Hall by French faculty. These small classes foster ample discussion and close contact with faculty, as in an American liberal arts college.

This list will be updated as new courses are finalized. Enrollment limit is 12-14.

Advanced Grammar and Composition

Systematic review of grammar and style designed to improve students' written French and to introduce them to the method of textual analysis and essays required by French universities. Training will be provided in the development of vocabulary and argumentation. One or two credits. Fall, spring. May be taken either or both semesters.

Phonetics and Diction

Theoretical rules of spoken French and phonetic transcriptions, individual correction of pronunciation (phonemes, stress and intonation) and auditory training. One credit. Fall.

Introduction to French Literature

Introduction to the language and critical tools of literary analysis and a survey of early or modern French literature. Students write explications de texte and commentaires composés and make oral presentations. Especially recommended for students with no previous study of literature. May replace 211 or 212 for Hamilton students. One credit. Fall.

The Arts of Theater

Students attend, read and examine plays staged in Paris for their literary and historical significance, develop a technical vocabulary and work on special projects and a final dossier. Requires readings of theatrical texts and regular attendance at current productions (approximately every two to three weeks). Fall, spring. May be repeated, space permitting, with permission of instructor.

French Painting 1822 to 1905

Overview of French painting in light of the principles of modernity established by Delacroix and Matisse. Themes include the subject and life models ; color and mouvement ; landscape, tensions between artists and institutions. The course also includes discussion of art history, precise vocabulary of the analysis of art work. One credit. Fall.

Special Topic in Literary and Cultural Studies
In spring, the program normally offers a one-semester special topics course with a guest professor. Topic changes regularly. The title will be announced before departure or early fall. (Recent topics: contemporary French novel 1984-the present; crime fiction; contemporary French women filmmakers.  One credit. Spring.

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

Students in some classes in the sciences, social sciences, philosophy and other areas may be required to consult regularly with a tutor for guidance in the preparation of oral and written work. The director will determine which courses need a tutorial, which ones are mandatory and which are optional.

Consortium Classes

Hamilton is a founding member of a consortium of courses with the programs of Middlebury and Smith colleges in France. Students from the three programs have access to these types of courses, which are usually taught by faculty of Paris institutions such as IEP.

Françafrique: History and Development

Close examination of the colonization process and political results of decolonization in Africa, especially Francophone Africa. One credit. Fall.

France — Europe: 1945 to the Present: A Tumultuous Relationship

Thematic and chronological study of the complex relationship between France and Europe in light of current political debates on the construction of Europe. One credit. Fall.

The European Union

This course examines the making and development of the European Union in light of recent controversies and developments. One credit. Spring.

Secularism in France

A close examination of the history and development of the French secular state within the context of its cultural and religious diversities. One credit. Spring.

Contact Information

Hamilton in France

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