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  • Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • 688 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 425
  • Montreal QC H3A 3R1

About Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

About Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is dedicated to fostering a critical understanding of European and Latin American cultures in a global context. To this end, we offer programs in European, German, Hispanic, Italian, and Russian Studies, immersing students in the study of specific languages, literatures, thought, cinemas, cultures, and national traditions while encouraging transnational approaches and cultural plurality. In addition, we offer a selection of courses that are not specific to just one language or culture, including film, eco-criticism, literary theory, book history, and digital humanities.

In terms of undergraduate studies, we seek to broaden students’ liberal arts background. Our goal is to enable our undergraduates to develop communicative skills in at least one target language and to provide critical tools to understand the complexities of other cultural traditions. The skills acquired are invaluable for careers in business, government, the media, cultural and literary fields, and numerous other professions.

We are committed to international standards of excellence in graduate student training; our graduate programs in German, Hispanic, Italian, and Russian Studies offer a vibrant research environment combining the rigour of traditional philological inquiry with a range of other theoretical and methodological approaches, many of them informed and/or creatively challenged by broader transnational and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Students who envision graduate studies upon completion of the B.A. are strongly advised to pursue an honours or joint honours program (Honours students must submit their thesis by March 15). Although the Major and Minor concentrations form an important part of the multi-track B.A. in Arts, this general degree does not provide the specialized training called for by most graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences.

Students may need to obtain Departmental approval to register for language courses and are strongly urged to consult with the Department for advice/approval of their program plans. A placement test is available and may be booked before the start of term with the Language Adviser of the respective area of study. Please see the Advising section of our website at: www.mcgill.ca/langlitcultures/contact.

Students may begin at the intermediate or advanced level in their first year if they have taken approved courses in high school, CEGEP, or through McGill Summer Studies. Please consult with our advisers for more information.

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers undergraduate programs and concentrations which permit students to pursue a variety of intellectual and pre-professional options.

European Literature and Culture

European Literature and Culture

The Minor Concentration in European Literature and Culture provides students with a broad foundation for understanding the development and interconnectedness of European culture, and its relevance for the comprehension of today's world through the study of literature and the arts from the Middle Ages to modern times. Knowledge of a language other than English is not required to complete the program.

Undergraduate Programs
  • Minor Concentration in European Literature and Culture

German Studies

German Studies

With faculty members working at the forefront of literary, media, and cultural studies, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures – German Studies immerses students in both the rich literary traditions of the German language, and in the innovative directions of transdisciplinary research.

With our multiple major, minor, honours, and joint honours undergraduate programs, as well as our graduate program, we accommodate a broad range of student interests, from eighteenth century Enlightenment to questions of migration and multiculturalism in contemporary German culture. While our department offers a wide spectrum of courses in language, literature, and culture, our particular strengths lie in philosophy, critical theory, cultural studies, philology, cinema, and media studies. Students receive close attention and individual mentoring in both their academic and professional training.

We also consider German Studies to be part of a broader humanistic endeavor and encourage students to draw on the wealth of faculty working on relevant topics both at McGill and the many other Montreal universities, in departments and programs such as History, Philosophy, Music, Art History and Communications, Jewish Studies, English, and other national literatures.

Undergraduate Programs

  • Adviser: Andrew Piper
  • 688 Sherbrooke Street West, Room 483
  • Telephone: 514-398-4400, ext. 094504
  • Minor Concentration in German Language (Expandable)
  • Minor Concentration in German Literature (Expandable)
  • Minor Concentration in German Literature and Culture in Translation
  • Major Concentration in German Language and Literature
  • Major Concentration in German Literature and Culture
  • Major Concentration in Contemporary German Studies
  • Honours in German Studies
  • Joint Honours in German Studies

Hispanic Studies

Hispanic Studies

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures – Hispanic Studies offers courses in the literature, intellectual history, and civilization of Spain and Latin America, as well as in the Spanish language. The Department's undergraduate and graduate programs are committed to expanding the liberal arts background of students by helping to develop the skills of communication and critical reasoning, and by providing insight into the culture of other regional, linguistic, and national groups. Enrichment in these areas reduces provincialism and broadens intellectual horizons, regardless of the professional interests or fields of specialization that may guide students in other facets of their university education.

McGill University has bilateral exchange agreements with the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain), the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla (Mexico), as well as with other leading universities in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world which allow student and faculty exchanges, and other collaborative ventures. Further information about these exchanges may be obtained from the Department or from the International Education website.

Undergraduate Programs

  • Adviser: Fernanda Macchi
  • 688 Sherbrooke Street West, Room 379
  • Telephone: 514-398-4400, ext. 04594
  • Minor Concentration in Hispanic Languages (Expandable)
  • Minor Concentration in Hispanic Literature and Culture (Expandable)
  • Major Concentration in Hispanic Languages
  • Major Concentration in Hispanic Literature and Culture
  • Honours in Hispanic Studies
  • Joint Honours in Hispanic Studies
Note: Advanced Placement (AP) credits and courses taken at other universities in Quebec will not be accredited toward the Minor.

Italian Studies

Italian Studies

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures – Italian Studies has a mission to maintain the traditions and study of the great classics, as well as to provide a window on an increasingly complex and diverse contemporary Italian culture. It promotes the study of the Italian language through an excellent and rigorous language training program. Its undergraduate and graduate programs also offer courses in Italian literature, both in Italian and in English, as well as in Italian film. The Department periodically invites scholars specializing in contemporary politics, the Italian immigrant experience, and social change, enabling students to gain both a broader and more critical understanding of various aspects of Italian culture through contact with specialists in these areas.

Undergraduate Programs

  • Adviser: Matteo Soranzo
  • 688 Sherbrooke, Room 429
  • Telephone: 514-398-4400, ext. 089896
  • Minor Concentration in Italian Studies (Expandable)
  • Major Concentration in Italian Studies
  • Honours in Italian Studies
  • Joint Honours in Italian Studies

Russian and Slavic Studies

Russian and Slavic Studies

In addition to offering the only full undergraduate and graduate programs (including M.A. and Ph.D.) in Quebec, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures – Russian and Slavic Studies continues to attract one of the largest student enrolments in North America. We are proud to have approximately 25 graduates each year from undergraduate programs, many of whom have received credit for courses taken in Russia during their studies. Due to expanding global links—both business and institutional—many opportunities are open to students with qualifications in Russian studies. Students may be interested in the organization of human society, comparative literature, and linguistics; Russian Studies are highly relevant to all of these.

Undergraduate Programs

  • Adviser: Anna Berman
  • 688 Sherbrooke, Room 333
  • Telephone: 514-398-4400, ext. 094513
  • Minor Concentration in Russian Studies (Expandable)
  • Minor Concentration in Russian Culture
  • Major Concentration in Russian Studies
  • Honours in Russian Studies
  • Joint Honours in Russian Studies

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) Faculty

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) Faculty

Chair
José Jouve-Martin
Directors of Undergraduate Studies/Advisers
Anna Berman; Russian Studies
Fernanda F. Macchi; Hispanic Studies
Andrew Piper; German Studies
Matteo Soranzo; Italian Studies
Emeritus Professors
Peter M. Daly; B.A.(Brist.), Ph.D.(Zur.)
Pamela D. Stewart; B.A.(Montr.), M.A.(McG.), F.R.S.C.
Professors
Jesús Pérez-Magallón; Lic.Fil.(Barcelona), Ph.D.(Penn.)
Paul Peters; B.A.(Manit.), Ph.D.(Free Univ., Berlin)
Kay M. Sibbald; M.A.(Cant.), M.A.(Liv.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Associate Professors
Karin Bauer; M.A., Ph.D.(Wash.)
Laura Beraha; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
Eugenio Bolongaro; B.A., L.LB.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(McG.)
David A. Boruchoff; A.B., A.M., Ph.D.(Harv.)
Michael Cowan; B.A., Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)
Amanda Holmes; B.A.(McG.), M.A., Ph.D.(Ore.)
José Jouve-Martin; Lic.Phil.(Madrid), Ph.D.(G’town)
Lucienne Kroha; B.A., M.A.(McG.), Ph.D.(Harv.)
Fernanda Macchi; Lic.Lit.(Buenos Aires), M.A.(Ore.), Ph.D.(Yale)
Lyudmila Parts; M.A., Ph.D.(Col.)
Andrew Piper; B.A.(Princ.), Ph.D.(Col.)
Stéfan Sinclair; B.A.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(Qu.)
Assistant Professors
Luis Alonso-Ovalle; Lic.(Oviedo), M.A., Ph.D.(Mass.) ( joint appt. with Linguistics)
Anna Berman; M.A., Ph.D.(Princ.)
Tove Holmes; B.A.(Ore.), M.A., Ph.D.(Johns Hop.)
Stephanie Posthumus; B.A.(Calvin), Ph.D.(West.)
Matteo Soranzo; M.A., Ph.D.(Wisc.)
Faculty Lecturers
Sandra Barriales-Bouche; M.A., Ph.D.(Mass.)
Lucia Chamanadjian; M.A.(Car.)
Anny Guimont; M.A.(Montr.)
Sun-Young Kim; M.A., Ph.D.(Mich.)
Liudmila Klimanova; M.A., Ph.D.(Iowa)
Maria-Teresa Mascaro; M.S.(G'town)
Enrica Quaroni; B.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
Sylvia Rieger; M.A.(Regensburg), M.A.(Vanderbilt), Ph.D.(Wash., Seattle)
Anna Maria Tumino; M.A.(McG.)
Adjunct Professors - Italian Studies
Dario Brancato (C’dia)
Tobias F. Gittes (Liberal Arts College, C’dia)
Silvestra Mariniello (Histoire de l'art et d'Études cinématographiques, Montr.)
Rosanna Maule (C’dia)
Thomas Seymore Mole (Centre for the History of the Book, University of Edinburgh)
Viva Paci (UQAM)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration European Literature and Culture (18 credits)

The Minor Concentration in European Literature and Culture provides students with a broad foundation for understanding the development and interconnectedness of European culture, and its relevance for the comprehension of today’s world through the study of literature and the arts from the Middle Ages to modern times. Knowledge of a language other than English is ...

For more information, see Minor Concentration European Literature and Culture (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration German Language (18 credits)

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration German Language and Literature.

For more information, see Minor Concentration German Language (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration German Literature (18 credits)

This is offered as a special program for students who already possess the necessary language skills before coming to McGill, or have acquired the competence by completing the intensive sequence (GERM 200 and GERM 300) as elective courses in their first year. This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration German Language and Literature.

For more information, see Minor Concentration German Literature (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration German Literature and Culture in Translation (18 credits)

This program may not be expanded to a Major concentration.

For more information, see Minor Concentration German Literature and Culture in Translation (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration German Studies - Language and Literature (36 credits)

For more information, see Major Concentration German Studies - Language and Literature (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration German Studies - Literature and Culture (36 credits)

For more information, see Major Concentration German Studies - Literature and Culture (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Contemporary German Studies (36 credits)

The Major Concentration Contemporary German Studies is open to students with a sound knowledge of German as acquired in GERM 325 or equivalent. Those students who do not have the required competence in German may take the Major Concentration Contemporary German Studies only if they also take the Minor Concentration German Language. Proficiency, equivalency and ...

For more information, see Major Concentration Contemporary German Studies (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours German Studies (60 credits)

The Honours German Studies consists of 60 credits in German. Literature courses provide an introduction to the major periods from the Middle Ages to the present. Admission to the Honours program requires departmental approval. Students may begin this program in their first year. Honours students must maintain a GPA of 3.30 in their program courses, and, ...

For more information, see Honours German Studies (60 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component German Studies (36 credits)

Students who wish to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs".  Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course selection and ...

For more information, see Joint Honours Component German Studies (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Hispanic Languages (18 credits)

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration Hispanic Studies - Languages.

For more information, see Minor Concentration Hispanic Languages (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Hispanic Literature and Culture (18 credits)

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration Hispanic Studies - Literature and Culture.

For more information, see Minor Concentration Hispanic Literature and Culture (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Hispanic Studies - Languages (36 credits)

For more information, see Major Concentration Hispanic Studies - Languages (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Hispanic Studies - Literature and Culture (36 credits)

For more information, see Major Concentration Hispanic Studies - Literature and Culture (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Hispanic Studies (60 credits)

Prerequisite for admission into Honours Hispanic Studies: a first-year Spanish course with a final grade of B+. Honours students are expected to maintain a program GPA of 3.30 and, according to Faculty regulations, a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in general. Students must take an 18-credit Minor concentration in another area.

For more information, see Honours Hispanic Studies (60 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Hispanic Studies (36 credits)

Students wishing to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs".  Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course selection and ...

For more information, see Joint Honours Component Hispanic Studies (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Italian Studies (18 credits)

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration Italian Studies.

For more information, see Minor Concentration Italian Studies (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Italian Studies (36 credits)

All students wishing to register for the Major Concentration Italian Studies are strongly urged to meet with a departmental adviser.

For more information, see Major Concentration Italian Studies (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Italian Studies (54 credits)

Honours students must maintain a GPA of 3.30 in their program courses and, according to Faculty regulations, a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in general. Admission to the Honours program in Italian requires Departmental approval. Students wishing to register should consult with the Department as early as possible. Qualified students may begin Honours in Italian Studies ...

For more information, see Honours Italian Studies (54 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Italian Studies (36 credits)

Students who wish to study at the Honours level in two Arts disciplines may apply to combine Joint Honours program components from two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs". Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course ...

For more information, see Joint Honours Component Italian Studies (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Russian (18 credits)

The Minor Concentration in Russian will give students a basic working knowledge of Russian and the tools with which to explore Russian life and culture in the original. Students who can demonstrate to the Department that they have acquired the equivalent competence elsewhere may waive prerequisites for 300-level courses and above. The Minor Concentration in ...

For more information, see Minor Concentration Russian (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Russian Culture (18 credits)

The Minor Concentration Russian Culture is designed primarily as an adjunct to area studies and/or programs in the humanities or social sciences. There are no Russian language requirements. This program may be expanded into a Major Concentration in Russian.

For more information, see Minor Concentration Russian Culture (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Russian (36 credits)

The Major Concentration in Russian gives students a foundation in the language, literature, and culture of Russia from the 19th century to the present. It incorporates a balance of instruction in the Russian language, the opportunity to read selected texts in the original language, and to explore Russian language and culture through translated texts. By ...

For more information, see Major Concentration Russian (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Russian (60 credits)

The Honours Russian program is for students intending to pursue graduate studies or advanced careers in the field. Students must complete 60 credits in the program, and according to Faculty regulations, Honours students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and maintain a minimum program GPA of 3.00. By arrangement with the Department and subject to University ...

For more information, see Honours Russian (60 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Russian (36 credits)

Students wishing to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs". 

Prior to registering for each Joint Honours component, students should consult an adviser in each department for approval of their course selection and their interdisciplinary research project (if applicable). Twelve credits in Russian and 12 credits in the cooperating department are normally taken each year.

According to Faculty regulations, Joint Honours students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and maintain a minimum program GPA of 3.00. Departments may require a higher program GPA. Joint Honours students must meet the requirements of both components of their program.

The specific course requirements for the 36-credit Joint Honours Component Russian program are determined on an individual basis in consultation with the student's program adviser(s).

Prior to registering for each Joint Honours component, students must see advisers in the respective departments for approval of their selection. Departmental advisers will only approve combinations that are feasible, given the nature of the research project that would be involved. Students who neglect to obtain prior approval may jeopardize their graduation.

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