As a major you will be expected to reach near fluency in your language skills, sharpening them in small classes and in casual conversations during French language meals in a dining hall. You can live the language and culture through Hamilton in France, where you will be challenged to speak nothing but French. You’ll emerge with new-found confidence and a deeper understanding of yourself.

Jessica Sofen '16
Jess Sofen ’16

French? Vet school? A student says oui to both

As she contemplated college, Jess Sofen ’16 was unwilling to relinquish either of the passions she’d held since childhood – French and veterinary medicine. “Probably the primary reason why I chose Hamilton as a college was the open curriculum, because I knew I was going to be an interesting case for them as far as how I was going to work out my schedule of being a foreign language major but pursuing a field in medicine, because there are a lot of requirements on both sides of that,” says Sofen, a French major who takes many and varied science classes.

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Elizabeth Collins '10 in the Alps.

A graduate’s progress: a passion and a Ph.D.

Elizabeth Collins ’10  follows her passion. She just started a doctoral program in French and Francophone studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her study abroad in Paris when she was at Hamilton College was a major influence on her career and academic path.

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