Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Degree PlansCourses of InstructionCourse Lists

K.Aoki, C.Arndt, B.Bachmann, X.Bai, D.F.Chamberlain, M.Chamberlain, A. Halabi, N.Haklai, M.Holzschuh Sator, J.Hosek, C.Kani, M.Lizano, J.Luengo-Martinelli, B.J. Maracle, D.J.Mennell, P.Novell, D.V.Pugh, C.Reinholtz, A.Riehl, J.Rotermundt-de la Parra, D.Santeramo, H.J.Scott, M.Takasaki, P.E.Thompson, H.Yükseker, C.Zaccagnino

Departmental Notes
Subject Code for Arabic Language    ARAB
Subject Code for Chinese    CHIN
Subject Code for German Language    GRMN
Subject Code for German Studies    GMST
Subject Code for Hebrew    HEBR
Subject Code for Indigenous Studies       INDG
Subject Code for Italian    ITLN
Subject Code for Japanese    JAPN
Subject Code for Languages, Literatures and Cultures    LLCU
Subject Code for Linguistics    LING
Subject Code for Spanish    SPAN
Subject Code for Spanish and Latin American Studies    SLAS
Subject Code for World Language Studies    LANG
World Wide Web Address
Acting Head of Department    D.V.Pugh (January 1-June 30, 2014)
Head of Department    D.Santeramo (on leave to June 30, 2014)
Departmental Office    Kingston Hall, Room 416
Departmental Telephone    613-533-2072
Email Address
Fax    (613)533-6496
Chair of Undergraduate Studies     P.E. Thompson
Coordinator of Graduate Studies    P.E. Thompson
Administrative Assistants    M.Maliszewska, L.Young

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures is a multidisciplinary unit that offers students the opportunity to learn languages, develop an understanding of literary and cultural traditions, and pursue studies in the field of Linguistics.  The Department offers language courses in Arabic, Chinese, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish, and Degree Plans in German Studies, Indigenous Studies, Italian, Linguistics, Spanish, Spanish and Latin American Studies and World Language Studies.  On an ad-hoc basis other languages such as Inuktitut, Mohawk and Portuguese are offered. Learning a language prepares students to travel, live, or work internationally and makes them more linguistically competent in Canada’s multicultural environment.  A degree focusing on languages, literatures and cultures, or Linguistics provides students with valuable transferable skills that are increasingly important in our global world.  The Department encourages students in all our disciplines to participate in one of the many international study opportunities supported by Queen's.

Departmental Policies
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Advice to Students
Students with prior knowledge of a language they wish to study are advised to meet with the Undergraduate Chair to discuss their Degree Plan progress and course selection.    

Courses and Degree Plans
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers a wide range of Degree Plans in the broad areas of languages, literatures and cultures, and linguistics as described below.

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Queen’s University offers students the opportunity to learn to communicate in some ten different languages, other than English.  Within the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, language courses are offered in Arabic, Chinese, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.  Language courses form a central part of all the Department’s Degree Plans (see below).  Basic language courses are popular electives for students with little or no knowledge of these languages, but are also important starting points for the study of literature and culture, not to mention valuable background in Linguistics and many other disciplines available at Queen’s, such as Global Development Studies, Political Studies, and Music.

The Department offers a wide selection of Degree Plans: Major (Spanish), Medial (German Studies, Spanish) and Minor/General (German Studies, Indigenous Studies, Italian, Spanish, Spanish and Latin American Studies and World Language Studies [which can include any of the above languages and also Arabic, Chinese, French, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Japanese and Latin]).   

The Major and Medial Degree Plans, and their associated courses, will examine the influence of key social, historical, political and artistic developments, and sharpen their awareness of varied cultural traditions.  In many cases, studies can be enhanced through study abroad and exchange opportunities.

In the Minor/General Plans you will learn to communicate in one or more languages other than English and/or receive an introduction to their literatures and cultures.  The Plans prepare you for an international career, allow you to gain insights into literatures and cultures, and prepare you for a global future.

Linguistics is the scientific study of language, from the sounds of speech to the internal structure and meaning of words, phrases and sentences.  Linguists (people who are specialists in Linguistics) investigate specific languages with a view to understanding the nature of language in general.

The Department offers foundation courses in the core areas of Formal Linguistics—Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Semantics—as well as a wide selection of special interest courses in Linguistics. Students can choose from two Degree Plans in Linguistics:  A Major in Linguistics, and a Minor/General in Linguistics.

First-Year Language Courses and Acceleration
While students may be permitted to take certain language courses concurrently, they will not be allowed to take for credit a language acquisition course with a number lower than that of a course already completed.  To ensure that students are properly placed according to their levels of linguistic competence, they will be allowed to change to a more advanced or to a more elementary language course during the first few weeks of term.  Students must in any case consult with their instructors before changes are made in registration so that proper placement and progression in course-work may be determined.  Students who are unsure of their linguistic level should consult with the Undergraduate Chair.

Students who have little or no knowledge of another language and are interested in pursuing a Plan in that language are encouraged to accelerate their language training by taking two courses in either their first or second year.  Students wishing to complete a Medial or Major Plan are strongly encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities.

Students who have completed 4U or equivalent in their language of study will normally begin at the intermediate level while students with native or near-native language proficiency should begin at the advanced level.  Students with any previous training in their language of study will not be allowed to take beginning language courses.  

Special Study Opportunities

Exchange and Study Abroad Opportunities
Students in a Major or Medial Plan are encouraged to take advantage of the study abroad opportunities or spend their third year abroad.  Those wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity should contact the Undergraduate Chair early in their second year of studies in order to discuss course selection and details of transfer credit arrangement.  Resources are available in the Department (pamphlets, travel awards) for students to browse.

LLCU – Semester in Shanghai
This full-semester program runs for 15 weeks from September to December and provides students with an opportunity to spend a term at Fudan University, Shanghai.  Fudan’s programs in social research are considered to be some of the best in China.  Students in this program will receive 15.0 units from Queen’s, including credit for LLCU 432/6.0 and 9.0 units in transfer credits from Fudan.  

Enrolment in the LLCU-Fudan program is through an application process.  Application forms are available through the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures,, and must be submitted by the end of January in the year preceding a student’s anticipated participation.  Students enrolled in second or third year are eligible to apply.  A minimum of 12 students is required for the program to be realized.  Queen’s students seeking financial assistance are encouraged to inquire at the Student Awards Office in advance.

Certificate of Competence (in a language listed below)
Students who are not registered in one of our Degree Plans but have taken certain courses in the language at Queen’s are eligible for a Certificate of Competence in the language.  Note that this is not a Senate-approved Certificate Program and therefore will be noted as an Academic Milestone on the transcript.  The Certificate will be issued by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures on behalf of the Faculty of Arts and Science. Applications for the Certificate should be received by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures before the last day of classes.  An administrative fee will be charged ($35).


INTERMEDIATE LEVEL6.0 units in CHIN 100/6.0
6.0 units in CHIN 200/6.0
6.0 units in CHIN 300/3.0 and CHIN 301/3.0
With an overall GPA of 2.90 on these courses.


INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 6.0 units in GRMN 101/3.0 and GRMN 102/3.0
6.0 units in GRMN 201/3.0 and GRMN 202/3.0
6.0 units from GRMN at the 300 level
With an overall GPA of 2.90 on these courses.


INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 6.0 units from (ITLN P10/3.0 and ITLN 112/3.0) or ITLN 101/6.0
6.0 units from (ITLN 204/3.0 and ITLN 205/3.0) or ITLN 201/6.0
6.0 units from ITLN
With an overall GPA of 2.90 on these courses.


6.0 units in JAPN 100/6.0
6.0 units in JAPN 200/6.0
6.0 units in JAPN 300/3.0 and JAPN 301/3.0
With an overall GPA of 2.90 on these courses.


6.0 units from (SPAN P10/3.0 and SPAN 112/3.0) or SPAN 101/6.0
6.0 units from (SPAN 204/3.0 and SPAN 205/3.0) or SPAN 201/6.0
6.0 units from (SPAN 301/3.0 and SPAN 302/3.0) or (SPAN 303/3.0 and SPAN 304/3.0)
With an overall GPA of 2.90 on these courses.