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Telephone: (302) 831-2591
Department Website: http://www.dllc.udel.edu/
Faculty Listing: https://www.dllc.udel.edu/people/faculty-profiles
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures advances students’ language proficiency, cultural competence, and international experience, preparing them for careers that require global perspectives and language expertise. Our graduates excel at communication and go into a variety of fields including education, business, travel and tourism, fashion, policy, and journalism. Check out our student outcomes here.
CAS Foreign Language Requirement
The College of Arts and Sciences Foreign Language requirement is fulfilled by completion of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, or Spanish 107, OR Ancient Greek or Latin 200.
Ancient and Modern Languages
We offer BAs in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Spanish with Intensive Portuguese, Three Languages, and World Languages Education. Minors are offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. See our interdisciplinary minors below. We also offer beginning and intermediate Korean, Hebrew, Brazilian Portuguese, and Introduction to American Sign Language.
100- and 200-level courses focus on skill-building in reading, writing, grammer, and conversation. We offer winter and summer study abroad programs designed for beginning and early intermediate language learners.
Advanced undergraduate courses (300- and 400-level) reflect faculty research and engagement in literary and cultural studies, film and media studies, and advanced language. These courses develop critical skills in analysis, interpretation, and presentation. Students build linguistic proficiency through study and discussion of important issues, artifacts, and texts that represent the history, arts, and cultures of the world.
The Three Language major is unique to UD. It is a 49-credit major for students with a passion for language and travel. Students with an interest in this major should meet with the Three Languages major advisor in their first or (for World Scholars) second semester to plan their coursework and study abroad. Students may shape a program in Critical Languages, Asian Languages, Latin American languages, or other combinations.
Language Teacher Education
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures administers the BA program in Language Education leading to certification for teaching French, German, Italian, Latin (including a concentration in Classics), and Spanish for grades K-12.
The major and minor in Game Studies prepare students for careers in the video game industry and related fields. Today’s video game developers and publishers are not just looking for qualified programmers and designers, they need well-balanced experts in cultural awareness, marketing, management, education, communication, and law. Meanwhile, the surging popularity of eSports, live streaming, and indie game development shows how global game culture continues to grow and diversify in the 21st century.
Placement and Duplicate Credit
Students with up to two years of high school foreign language or the equivalent will be placed at the 105 level, students with three years will be placed at the 106 level, and students with four or more years will be placed at the 107 level. Exceptions to this rule can be made only upon the recommendation of the Language Placement Advisor. Click here for detailed information on placement, transfer credit, and AP/IB credit. We also accept the Global Seal of Biliteracy and Delaware Certificate of Multiliteracy.
We offer winter and summer programs for beginning students of language in Spain, Latin America, France, Martinique, Germany, Italy, Tunisia, Morocco, and other sites. Intermediate language students can participate in winter and/or summer session programs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Martinique, Panama, Spain, or Morocco. For advanced language students, we offer semester programs in Paris, Granada, Buenos Aires, Salzburg, Rome, and Akita, Japan. Please consult the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures or the Center for Global Programs and Services for program details.
Language Certificate Program
The Language Certificate Program provides students in majors other than world languages with first-hand knowledge of a foreign language and culture. Students may not pursue a certificate for a language in which they major or minor. To earn the certificate, students take two courses in the target language in DLLC study abroad sessions, and two courses on the Newark campus. In addition, we offer a certificate in German for Engineering, open to Engineering students only.
Global and Area Studies
Language majors and minors combine well with majors and minors in global and area studies, including African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Global Studies, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, and Latin American & Iberian Studies. Area and global studies programs combined with language expertise, provide students with skills for working in international settings, research organizations, government, and NGOs.
Interdisciplinary Joint Majors
We offer interdisciplinary majors in French/Political Science (BA), German/Political Science (BA), or Spanish/Political Science (BA), and Language/Art History.
Comparative Literature Program
Comparative literature embraces the study of literary themes, forms, movements, and the interrelations of literature and other disciplines. The program offers the student the opportunity, with the aid of the program coordinator, to construct an individualized program. Students in comparative literature must have a command of at least one foreign language at the advanced elective level. In addition to courses designed for students specializing in comparative literature, the program offers courses in cooperation with Art History, English, Anthropology, Philosophy, and other departments.
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