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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

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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.

LLL reaffirms its anti-bias and anti-racist commitment, acknowledges and values differences, and seeks to exemplify anti-bias and anti-racist education. LLL stands against any system that supports racism and privilege.




English to/for Speakers of Other Languages

Building first- and second-language literacy has become a matter of national urgency.

Russell Berman, former President of the MLA

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.

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
  • Advertising
  • 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.

Study Abroad

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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Department News

Recent Publications by LLL Faculty

Occhino, C., Hill J. C., Hochgesang, J. A., Shaw, E., Fisher, J. N., & Tamminga, M. (2021). New Trends in ASL Variation Documentation. Sign Language Studies 21 (3), 350-377. doi:10.1353/sls.2021.0003

Brown, A. (2021). Monolingual versus multilingual FLT: French and Arabic at beginning levels. Language Teaching Research. Online FirstView:

Occhino, C., Anible, B., & Morford, J. P. (2020). The role of iconicity, construal, and proficiency in the online processing of handshape. Language and Cognition 12(1), 114-137.

Brown, A. & Kamiya, M. (2019). Gesture in contexts of scopal ambiguity: Negation and quantification in English. Applied Psycholinguistics, 40(5):1141-1171.