Hamilton Courses

Each semester Hamilton in France offers several courses exclusively to its students. These courses are taught at Reid Hall by French speaking faculty. These small classes resemble in many ways courses at American liberal arts college.Below is a tentative list. Enrollment limit is 12-14 (minimum 5 students).
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 useful beyond their experience in France. 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

Exploration of canonic and non-canonic early to modern French literature around a theme that changes every year (e.g. Women Literature; The Other). Students develop a method and the vocabulary necessary to write convincing essays, and train for oral presentations. Especially recommended for students with no previous study of literature. May replace 211 or 212 for Hamilton students. One credit. Fall.

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The Arts of Theater

The syllabus for this class changes each semester as it focuses on plays staged in Paris 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, 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 movement; 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 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 fifteen-twenty final research paper.

Consortium Classes

Hamilton is a founding member of a consortium of colleges (Middlebury and Smith) who offers small courses in the Social Sciences. Students from the three programs have access to these 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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