Graduate Studies

Graduate Programs

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers graduate degree programs in German, Hispanic, Italian, and Russian studies.We are committed to international standards of excellence in graduate student training, and our graduate programs offer a vibrant research environment, combining the rigor 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.

German Graduate Studies

The graduate program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - German Studies combines the rigor of traditional philological inquiry into the history of German literature with a broader cultural studies approach that attends to the historical and mediological aspects of German intellectual history. Particular emphasis is placed on the way media technologies – film, photography, the physical form of the book – influence, interact with, and inflect this textual tradition. In bringing together research on both the semiotic and material aspects of literary and intellectual history, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - German Studies encourages students to engage with a range of theoretical and methodological approaches on their way to formulating their own coherent interdisciplinary programs of research.

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Hispanic Graduate Studies

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers a flexible programme in Hispanic Studies leading to the degree of Master of Arts. Candidates will receive in the classroom preparation in the culture, intellectual history and literature of Spain and Spanish America, including two guided research projects. For those students holding a B.A. Honours in Hispanic Studies or an M.A. from McGill or another college or university of recognized standing, the Department offers the possibility of doctoral studies leading to the Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies.

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Italian Graduate Studies

The Department of Italian provides two streams in its Master's program, the thesis option, and the non-thesis option. The course work, the thesis and/or research papers must demonstrate that the student possesses a sound knowledge of the language, is familiar with all periods of Italian literature and has developed the background and skills necessary to carry out scholarly research.

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Russian Graduate Studies

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - Russian and Slavic Studies offers graduate instruction at both the MA and PhD levels. Our faculty specialize in 19th and 20th century Russian literature and culture, working in such areas as the Russian Novel, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Russian Modernism, Russian Romanticism, High Stalinist Culture, Post-Soviet culture, cultural mythology, intertextuality, and women's studies. We offer a broad and flexible range of graduate seminars and our small but dynamic program allows for a great deal of personal attention, an atmosphere of collegiality, and a close-knit intellectual community.

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Digital Humanities

Over the past several decades, advances in computing, data and information management, and archival techniques have greatly altered how humanities scholars approach their objects of study.  In particular, over the past five years, the web 2.0 revolution has made these advancements more applicable than ever before to humanities research endeavours.  Digital Humanities, however it is defined, can no longer be seen as a particular sub-set of humanistic research as it has become an increasingly integrated element within normative everyday humanities scholarship. Consequently, it includes more than text-encoding or image digitization and the creation of electronic archives.  Rather, it is how such electronic media are used and studied by researchers in a wide array of projects from linguistic analyses to the changing realms of new media.

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