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Your coursework will help you develop proficiency in multiple languages. You’ll work in small classes that emphasize student-teacher interaction and writing and speaking skills. You may choose to sharpen your languages by study abroad in France, Spain, China or other countries.

About the Major

The foreign-languages program emphasizes multilingual skills, a broad familiarity with other cultures and histories, and study abroad. There is a growing professional demand for graduates who are able to lead and communicate in a multilingual, multicultural world. The program exemplifies Hamilton's most enduring liberal arts tradition — to reach beyond the limits of one's own experience and make connections with others.

The high standards at Hamilton helped prepare me to be a diligent worker who takes pride in always giving 100 percent. My foreign languages degree gave me an international perspective that helps me in both my daily and work life.

Erica Fultz ’08 — Foreign languages major

Foreign languages majors complete a total of eight or more courses in at least two foreign languages. They may choose from Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese and classic Greek and Latin. In addition, Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, Swahili and Hindi are typically offered through the College's Critical Languages Program.

Careers After Hamilton

  • Speech Pathologist
  • Director, Copyright Administration, Public Broadcasting Service
  • Vice President, Marketing, Chanel
  • Lieutenant, New York City Police Department
  • Vice Chairman, Citigroup Global Markets
  • Executive Director, Jane Goodall Institute China
  • Language Teacher, Olean High School

Contact Information


Foreign Languages Program

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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