The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics offers one of the widest selections of languages of any Canadian university: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Greek (both Classical and Modern), Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Jamaican Creole, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili and Yiddish.
The ESL section fosters the developing abilities of domestic and international students to use English for academic purposes, allowing them to engage more fully in their programs. The study of foreign languages and literatures makes communication possible among people of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds and fosters intercultural understanding. This enables our students to engage the global community thoughtfully and creatively.
The department also offers courses in linguistics, the discipline concerned with discovering the organizing principles of human language and applying these principles to the description of individual languages. Linguistics attempts to answer questions about the structure of languages, about how languages are alike and how they differ, about how children acquire language, about the relation between language and thought, language perception and production, as well as language and society. As a result, the study of linguistics can provide new perspectives on almost every aspect of the humanities and social sciences.
The department offers courses leading to Honours BA and BA degrees in German Studies, Italian Culture, Italian Studies, Linguistics, Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies and Spanish, as well as graduate MA and PhD degrees in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. The department also offers Certificates of Language Proficiency in Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Portuguese and Spanish, as well as a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Students may also take courses in Hebrew towards an Advanced Certificate in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, offered by the Department of Humanities. The department’s language programs, through their various courses and language proficiency certificates, contribute to a variety of area studies and interdisciplinary programs: African Studies, Business and Society, Classical Studies, East Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Hellenic Studies, International Development Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, South Asian Studies, Religious Studies and Women’s Studies. The department's language programs may also contribute to a variety of graduate programs such as Development Studies. For specific program requirements, certificate requirements and course listings, please consult the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Programs of Study section.
The following degree programs are associated with the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics:
Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics offers a variety of courses in the following language areas:
American Sign Language
English as a Second Language
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics also offers the following certificate programs:
Certificate of Proficiency in Chinese Language
Certificate of Proficiency in German Language
Certificate of Proficiency in Italian Language
Certificate of Proficiency in Japanese Language
Certificate of Proficiency in Modern Greek Language
Certificate of Proficiency in Modern Hebrew Language
Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese Language
Certificate of Proficiency in Spanish Language
Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
For more information, please consult the listings for specific programs and certificates.
Students who are exempted from one or more of the courses required for the degree must still complete the total number of credits required for the program. Please consult the department’s annual supplemental calendar for more detailed information regarding degree requirements.
Students who wish to study abroad should consult the appropriate section coordinator and York International well in advance of the academic session in which they wish to study away from York.