Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Open the door to new cultures and bridge divides by learning or improving your language skills.
The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics teaches 17 languages, offers nine majors, three master's degrees (one each in French, Spanish and Linguistics), as well as a master's of science degree in computational linguistics. Our majors are interdisciplinary and many of our courses are cross-listed with other departments and colleges.
Modern Foreign Language
Spanish Education Program
Classics and Classical Civilization
English to/for Speakers of Other Languages
Building first- and second-language literacy has become a matter of national urgency.
In today's globalized world, you can be a leader in your chosen field by having the skills you can acquire only through studying language and literature.
Russell Berman, former President of the Modern Language Association stated, "Languages mean career skills for the workforce, but they also contribute to each person’s cognitive growth. Without sufficient language learning, American students will suffer from diminished educational opportunities, and we sabotage their prospects in the global economy."
To these ends, Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics is committed to excellent and innovative scholarship and teaching and to the promotion of diversity and trans-cultural understanding. The department as whole:
- Promotes the knowledge of languages.
- Facilitates the study of literary and other cultural texts.
- Facilitates the study of language on a theoretical, scientific level.
- Promotes critical thinking.
The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics teaches 17 languages, offers nine majors, three Master of Arts degrees (one each in French, Spanish, and Linguistics), as well as a Master of Science degree in Computational Linguistics and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Language Teaching.
Unlimited Career Opportunities
There is no one given career path following graduation. Teaching, translating, and interpreting are obvious career options, but your degree also has exciting potential in areas such as:
- Foreign civil service
- Airline services
- Editing and publishing
- Subtitles and voice-overs
- Event management
- Hotel management
If you have a master’s degree in French, Spanish, or Linguistics you will be prepared to excel in a wide variety of professional and research areas. Many of our students go on to pursue doctoral degrees at top institutions or move directly into professional careers, as consultants, teachers, translators, editors, writers, or find work in the diplomatic corps, international marketing, the performing arts and more. No doubt, your advanced degree will give you an edge in an increasingly competitive world.
Enhance your oral and written language proficiency with an international experience through Syracuse Abroad, which features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. Choose semester, summer, short term, and yearlong options for international study.
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Books by our Faculty
Tradition and the Individual Text. Essays in Memory of Pier Massimo Forni. Stefano Giannini, Federica Brunori-Deigan and Francesco Ciabattoni Eds. Modern Language Notes 134.1 Supplement (2019), pp. 418.
Chinese Translations of English and American Poems with English Originals, by Lanjing Zhou, Independently published (December 7, 2018), 109pp., ISBN-13: 978-1790616329
Noise hcarK: More Texte in Selbst-Translation. Mehr Texts in Self-Übersetzung, by Mona Eikel-Pohen, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (August 12, 2018), 92pp., ISBN-13: 978-1725169210
Dorothy Thompson and German Writers in Defense of Democracy, by Karina von Tippelskirch, Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften; New edition edition (February 27, 2018), 300pp., ISBN-13: 978-3631675274
Selected Masterpieces by Du Fu: Seven Tang poems with English translation, by Lanjing Zhou, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 28, 2017), 54pp., ISBN-13: 978-1981617715
Oz behind the Iron Curtain: Aleksandr Volkov and His Magic Land Series, by Erika Haber, University Press of Mississippi; 1 edition (November 30, 2017), 240pp., ISBN-13: 978-1496813602. Paperback edition, June 2019, 278 pp.
LLL in A&S News
Professor Matthieu van der Meer’s "Sex and Power before 1700 CE literature" was featured in a recent Daily Orange article, though it should be noted the class is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics is a multicultural community that exemplifies and embraces the values of coexistence, tolerance and mutual respect. LLL would like to publicly express its revulsion to the recent hate crimes on our campus.
Archived LLL News/Blog Post
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Recent Publications by LLL Faculty
Brown, A. & Kamiya, M. (2019). Gesture in contexts of scopal ambiguity: Negation and quantification in English. Applied Psycholinguistics, 40(5):1141-1171.
Eikel-Pohen, Mona. 2019. Assessing Disability-Inclusive Foreign Language Teaching Methods with Multimodality and Universal Design Principles. Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German. 52.1.
Brown, A. & Lally, R. (2019). Immersive versus non-immersive approaches to TESOL: A classroom-based intervention study. TESOL Quarterly, 53(3): 603-629.
Bhatia, Tej K. 2018. Bilingualism and Multilingualism: Conceptual and Methodological Issues and Challenges. Handbook of Applied Linguistics Research Methodology, 681-701. London: Palgrave Macmillan.