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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.

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.

Languages
Linguistics
Classics
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 and;
  • 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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Books by our Faculty
Department News
Corrine Occhino portrait

(Sept. 9, 2022)

A&S Professor Conducting First National Survey on Reproductive Health Experiences of Deaf Women

The project seeks to improve health care communication for Deaf and hard of hearing people.

Eikel-Pohen portrait

(March 2, 2022)

Mona Eikel-Pohen Wins Outstanding German Program Development and Advocacy Award

The award was presented by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Small Undergraduate German Program Special Interest Group.

Professor Jaklin Kornfilt (right) accepting an honorary doctorate during a ceremony at the University of Cyprus.

(Jan. 12, 2022)

LLL Professor Awarded Honorary Doctorate for Contributions to Linguistic Theory and Turkish Linguistics

The honor was conferred to Professor Jaklin Kornfilt by the University of Cyprus.

(Aug. 11, 2021)

Preserving African Language and Culture

LLL Professor Christopher Green receives prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.

Recent Publications by LLL Faculty

Christopher R. Green & Nicola Lampitelli. 2022. Conditions on complex exponence: a case study of the Somali subject marker. Phonological Data & Analysis 4(4), 1-31. doi:10.3765/pda.v4art4.63.

Christopher R. Green & Maria Konoshenko. 2022. Tonal head marking in Mande compounds: endpoint neutralization and outliers. Mandenkan 67, 3-44. doi:10/4000/mandenkan.2698.

Giannini, Stefano. "Places of Memory and Struggles for Identities: Ernesto Verrucci's 1938 Monument to Khedive Ismail in Alexandria, Egypt." Italian American Review 2022, 12 (1): 61–85. doi: https://doi.org/10.5406/26902451.12.1.03

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