Facebook pixel tracker

Courses in Paris Schools

Courses available in most academic fields.

Below is a partial record of the wide range of courses taken by Hamilton in France students between 2012-2019. Prospective students should use the lists as a guideline of the type of courses available, not as a fixed inventory. Final course lists may be available only a few weeks before departure. Some university courses in the lists below rotate from year to year, some may have slightly different names and additional courses will be available. Information on the feasibility of university courses for AY 2021-22 will be updated in spring 2021.

SN: Sorbonne Nouvelle (formerly Paris 3)

UP: Université de Paris (formerly Paris 7)

SU: Sorbonne Université (formerly Paris 6)

See abbreviations and descriptions of Paris Institutes

Natalie et Isabel


Art History

19th- and 20th- Century French Painting, at Hamilton In France (HiF); Architecture: Private and Public Space (HiF); Writing on Art (UP)**

**École du Louvre: special

Note: Available only to annual students majoring in art history with good French; special application is required during the summer before departure. Recent courses taken  at EL:

Art Nouveau, Christian Architecture, Contemporary French Art, French Painting and Sculpture, History of Photography, Iconography, Islamic Art; Applied Arts: dance, drawing, music, painting, photography, sculpture

Private studios

Note : Open to students majoring in the arts or with prior for-credit work at the college level.

Dance (African; Ballet; Contemporary etc.) (Centre du Marais); Photography (argentic) I and II (Studio Vermès); Painting, Drawing (Still life, Watercolor, Figure Drawing, etc.); Instrument (piano, violin, flute, etc.) (Schola Cantorum); Voice (Schola Cantorum)

Cinema, Theater, Music

Introduction to Contemporary Cinema (SN); Aesthetics of the Image (SN); From the Camera’s Eye to the Film’s Skin (SN); History and Analysis of Music in Film (SN); Staging Sexuality in Contemporary Film (SN); Filmic Documentary (UP); Cinema and Society (UP); Aesthetics of the Image (SN); Introduction (SN); Bollywood (SN; Traditional Chinese Theater (SN); Ethnographic Cinema (SN); Theater Workshop (SN); Film and the Senses (SN); European Theater (UP); Methods in Film Analysis (UP)


Comparative Literature

Fictions of Exile (SN); Women’s Autobiography (SN); Fin de siècle Suicides (SN); The Detective Novel (SN); The Rwanda Genocide (SN); Narratives of Chinese Diaspora (SN); African Oral Literature (SN); Intergenerational Conflicts (SN).


Open only to students who major in English. Consult director early.

French and Francophone Literature

 Colonial Representations (HiF); Utopia and Dystopia (HiF); The Voice of the People in 19th Century literature (SN); Women and Science Literature (HiF); The Artificial Man (SN); Francophone African Literature (SN); Francophone Women’s Novel (SN); Freedom and Colonization in 18th-Century French Literature (SN); Revolution in 19th-Century French Literature; Writing the City in 19th- and 20th-Century French Literature (SN); The Fantastic in 19th Century Poetry and the Short Story (SN); Picturing Paris (SN); Literature, Politics, Philosophy (SN); Ancient Mythology: Jason and the Golden Fleece (SN); The Myth of Pygmalion (SN); Violence in Literature (SN); Historical Novel: The Renaissance (SN); Prostitution in 19th-Century French Literature (SN); Quebec Literature (SN); Various single author seminars (SN): Honoré de Balzac, Emile Zola, Marguerite Duras


Note: Only students who have received college credit in the language can enroll in language courses. The list below represents languages available, not necessarily taken recently

Arabic (IMA, UP3); Chinese (UP7); German (UP3, UP7); Iranian (UP3); Italian (CCI); Japanese; Latin (ICP, UP3); Romanian (UP3).

Language departments at universities expect students to be fluent in the language, not at the intermediate level.

Intermediate level language may be taken at private institutes, but not all courses are full credit.

Inquire with details early; languages other than French should not be a priority.


Only available to advanced students in philosophy.

Ancient Classical Philosophy (ICP); History of Ancient Greece (ICP); Epistemology of the Cognitive Sciences (ICP); Aristotle (ICP); French Phenomenology (ICP); Science and Ethics: Bioethics (ICP); Dialectic of Marx and Hegel (ICP); Benjamin and Krauss Philosophical Texts (UP)

Religious Studies

(some ICP courses are 1/2 credit and some may be combined)

The Secular State (HMS); Introduction to Christianity (ICP); Introduction to Islam (ICP); Islam in France (ICP); Taoism, Hindouism, Confucianism (ICP); African Myths and Symbols (ICP)



Economy of Work (UP); Descriptive Economy (UP); Economy of Social Protection (UP); European Economy (UP); History of Economic Thought (UP); Political Economy (UP); Math for Economics (UP)


Françafrique (HMS); France Europe (HMS); History of Sub-Saharan Africa (UP); Slavery and Slave Society (UP); History of the Middle Ages (UP); 19th-Century European History (UP); 20th-Century European History (UP)
Medieval Muslim World (UP); Origins of Rome (UP); Contemporary Latin American History (UP); History of the Body (UP); History of Sensibilities (UP); European Maritime Domination (ICP); Franco-British Maritime Rivalry in the 18th Century (ICP)


Radio: Theory and Practice (SN); Theory of Communication (SN); Language and Society (SN); Theories and Models of Communication (SN)


Only for students with strong background

Child Psychology (EPP); Cognitive Psychology (EPP); Introduction to Psychopathology (UP)

Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology

France and Europe (HMS); The European Union (HMS); Françafrique (HMS); Modern Arab Thought (SN); Urban Sociology (UP); Social and Cultural Anthropology (UP); Geography: Urban and Rural Geography (UP); Religion and Politics of the Arab World (SN); Modern Arab Thought (SN)

Institut Catholique may have courses available as well.

Political Issues (ICP); Modernity and Human Rights; History of Political Thought (ICP); Totalitarian Systems (ICP); Political Issues of Globalization (ICP); Introduction to International Relations (ICP); Modernity and Human Rights (ICP); Totalitarian Systems (ICP);Space and Society (ICP);

Special Registration at Institut d’Études Politiques (Science Po)

* Science Po is not available for 2021-22.

Students with superior French and strong preparation in social sciences can apply to one of the spots available at the Institut d'Études Politiques. Separate applications are required. Spring (priority to annual students). Courses HiF students have taken at IEP recently:

American Civil Society, Cities and Geopolitics, History of Political Trends, International Defense and Security, Political History of Europe, The Press: Actor and Mirror of the World, France and the Antilles, Main Issues in Comparative Politics, Industrial Economics, National Identity in 19th-Century Europe, Money and Politics in Modern France, Metamorphosis of the Family, National Political Identity, Art in War and Peace, Contemporary Middle Eastern Politics, Money and Politics: Corruption, Industrial Economy, Processes in World Economy

Special Registration at Paris 1 Panthéon

Students with superior/near native French and strong preparation in social sciences can also apply to Paris 1 separately through HiF.

Recent courses taken: 19th-Century French Cultural History, History of Modern Europe, Political Philosophy, Three Caliphates

Inquire early


Courses available at Université de Paris or Sorbonne University only for majors in related fields; pre-med students or students with demonstrated pre-requisites.

Inquire early


Research in Biochemistry (SU); Molecular Biology (SU); Integrative Normal and Pathological Histology (SU); Sensory System (SU); Physiology (SU)


Organic Chemistry (SU); Electrochemistry (SU); Physiology of Hormonal and Neuronal Signaling (SU); Sensory System (SU); Spectroscopy and Crystallography (SU)


Statistics and Cartography (UP); Mathematics for the Social Sciences (UP); Math for Economy (UP); Probability and Statistics (UP); Vector Calculus (SU); Prime Number Theory (SU); Algebra (SU); Quadratic Forms and Geometry (SU)


Thermodynamics (SU)

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
Back to Top