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Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Queen's University

Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Location: 
Kingston Hall
Room number: 
301
Telephone: 
Department Head: 
D.Santeramo

Undergraduate Chair: Peter Thompson

The world can seem like a big place, but through LLCU you will get a glimpse into how small and connected it really is. At Queen’s, you can learn over 14 languages through understanding not only the dialectics but the cultures in which they are formed. Learning another language can give you the ability to step inside the mind and context of that other culture – not to mention being much more competitive in the job market. The Department is a vibrant and diverse unit covering Arabic, Chinese, German, Hebrew, Inuktitut, Italian, Japanese, Mohawk, Portuguese, Spanish and Linguistics, with study abroad opportunities such as spending a semester in Shanghai while studying in English for preapproved transfer credits.

Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BAH

Major in Linguistics or Spanish
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Medial in German Studies or Spanish
A dual course of study combined with any other Arts discipline.

Minor in German Studies, Indigenous Studies, Italian Studies, Linguistics, Spanish, Spanish and Latin American Studies or World Language Studies
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

Bachelor of Arts - BA

General in German Studies, Indigenous Studies, Italian Studies, Linguistics, Spanish, Spanish and Latin American Studies or World Language Studies
A less intense course of study leading to a 3-year degree.

Full list of Undergraduate Degree Plans at Queen's University

First Year Courses

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.

What it takes to get into LLCU in your second year >

Click here for the complete list of Courses in Arts and Science

Study Abroad Opportunities in LLCU

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, www.queensu.ca/llcu, 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.

Job and Career Opportunities for LLCU Grads

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. 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.

Some of our LLCU alumni work in the following professions:

  • Advertising
  • Advocacy - Patient
  • Auctioneering
  • Communications
  • Consumer Services
  • Corrections
  • Editing
  • Education
  • Foreign Affairs & Diplomatic Service
  • Fundraising & Festival Management
  • Immigration Services
  • Insurance
  • Interpretation
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Librarianship
  • Marketing & Promotions
  • Media – Electronic & Print
  • Museology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Relations
  • Sales - Retail and Wholesale
  • Social Work
  • Speech and Language
  • Therapy
  • Teaching
  • Tourism & Travel
  • Translation

What to do with a languages degree from Queen's handout from Career Services >

LLCU Electives Open to Non-LLCU Students

Queen’s offers 11 different languages to students at the introductory level.  A language course is good elective choice for any student in Arts and Science.

ARAB 100/6.0  Introductory Arabic (Modern Standard)
This is an introductory course in Arabic, for those who have little or no previous experience in the Arabic language.  It may be used as an elective, in a World Language Studies Plan, a Medieval Studies Plan, or in a Global Development Studies Plan.  If you have previous experience in Arabic, you may be able to start at a higher level, and take:

ARAB 200/6.0 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic
Students must request permission to register in ARAB 200/6.0 from the Arabic Language Program.

CHIN 100/6.0 Introductory Mandarin Chinese I
This is an introductory course in Chinese, for those who have little or no previous experience in the Cantonese or Mandarin.  It may be used as an elective, in a World Language Studies Plan, or in a Global Development Studies Plan.  If you have previous experience in Cantonese or Mandarin, you may be able to start at a higher level, and take:

CHIN 200/6.0 Introductory Mandarin Chinese II or
CHIN 300/6.0 Intermediate Mandarin Chinese
Students must request permission to register in the upper-year CHIN courses from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

French (Language)
FREN P11/3.0 and/or FREN P12/3.0 (Français Intensif I and II, Queen’s Campus only)
FREN 100/6.0 (Français Intermédiaire, if studying at the main Queen’s Campus)
FREN 110/6.0 (Français Avancé, Queen’s Campus only)
FREN 101/3.0 and FREN 102/3.0 (Français Intermédiaire, if studying at the Bader International Study Centre)
Only FREN 100/6.0, FREN 110/6.0 or (FREN 101/3.0 and FREN 102/3.0) may be used towards the requirement of a French Studies Plan, a Certificate of French Language competency, or taking further French courses at upper year.  The P-level courses are designed primarily for those students who have a limited amount of high school French, and to prepare students for the 100-level courses.  Any of these courses is a good elective choice for any Arts or Science student.  Your choice of intermediate or advanced French depends on your language skill level.  To retain your place in the course for which you have or would like to register, you are required to take a placement test. This will ensure that you are registered in the appropriate French course.  Please note that you will  be required to show proof of having taken the test on the first day of classes.

French (Communication et Culture)
FREN P16/3.0 Communication et culture I (no high school French) - online course only
FREN P17/3.0 Communication et culture II (three years high school French) - online course only
FREN 118/3.0 Communication et culture III (four to five years high school French)
The Communication et Culture program is a series of language courses stressing oral proficiency.  The courses listed here are good elective choices for any Arts or Science student.  They may also be used towards the requirements of a Global Development Studies Plan, a World Language Studies Plan or a Certificate in French language competency.  The courses listed here may not be used towards the requirements of a French Studies Plan, and students intending to pursue a Plan in French should not register in these courses.  They are instead directed towards FREN 100/6.0 or FREN 110/6.0.  

GREK 112/6.0 Introductory Greek
This is a course in Ancient Greek for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the language.   Students who intend to study a Greek Plan in upper-year should take this course.  Either Greek or Latin is recommended for those who intend to study Classical Studies in upper-year.  It may be used as an elective, in a Medieval Studies Plan, or in a World Languages Plan.  Students who have previous knowledge of Ancient Greek, Grade 12 or equivalent should instead take:

GREK 208/6.0 Intermediate Greek
Students must request permission to register in GREK 208/6.0 from the Department of Classics

GRMN 101/3.0 Beginner's German 1
GRMN 102/3.0 Beginner's German II

These are courses in German for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the language.   Students who intend to study a German Plan in upper-year should take this course.  They may be used as an elective, in a Global Development Studies Plan, or in a World Languages Plan.  Students who have previous knowledge of German, Grade 12 or equivalent should instead take:

GRMN 201/3.0 and GRMN 202/3.0 (Intermediate German I and II)
Students must request permission to register in GRMN 201/3.0 and GRMN 202/3.0 from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

HEBR 135/3.0 Hebrew Literature and Cultural Contexts in Translation
When offered, this is a course on Hebrew literature and culture.  Unlike the other courses listed here, this course is taught in English, with Hebrew texts read in translation.  For this reason, it is not eligible for the World Languages or Global Development Studies Plans.  It may be used towards the requirements of a Jewish Studies Plan, and is a good elective for any Arts or Science student.

HEBR  190/6.0 Introduction to Modern Hebrew
HEBR 191/6.0 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

These are courses in Modern and Biblical Hebrew, respectively.  They assume little or no previous knowledge of Hebrew.  Students who intend to pursue a Jewish Studies Plan at upper-years should consider one of these courses.  Either may be used towards the requirements of a World Languages Plan, while HEBR 190/6.0 may be used towards a Global Development Studies Plan.  They are good electives for any Arts or Science student.  Students who have previous knowledge of Hebrew should instead take:

HEBR 292/3.0 (Intermediate Biblical Hebrew)
HEBR 294/3.0 (Intermediate Modern Hebrew I)
Students must request permission to register in HEBR 292/3.0 or HEBR 294/3.0 from the Jewish Studies Program Director

ITLN P10/3.0 Beginnering Italian I
ITLN 112/3.0 Beginning Italian II

These are courses in Italian for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the language.   Students who intend to study an Italian Plan or pursue a Certificate in Italian language competency in upper-year should take these courses.  They may be used as an elective, in a Global Development Studies Plan, or in a World Languages Plan.  Students who have previous knowledge of Italian, Grade 12 or equivalent should instead take:

ITLN 204/3.0 (Italiano intermedio)
ITLN 205/3.0 (Italiano avanzato)
Students must request permission to register in ITLN 204/3.0 and ITLN 205/3.0 from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

JAPN 100/6.0 Introductory Japanese I
This is an introductory course in Japanese, for those who have little or no previous experience in the language.  It may be used as an elective, in a World Language Studies Plan, or in a Global Development Studies Plan.  If you have previous experience in Japanese, you may be able to start at a higher level, and take:

JAPN 200/6.0 Introductory Japanese II
JAPN 301/3.0 (Intermediate Japanese I)
JAPN 302/3.0 (Intermedicate Japanese II)
Students must request permission to register in the upper-year JAPN courses from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 101/3.0 and LLCU 102/3.0
Languages on offer may change from year to year. They are taught at the introductory level and LLCU 101/3.0 is the prerequisite for LLCU 102/3.0. When registering in these courses, be sure to check the section you are registering in as this determines the language being taught.

LATN 110/6.0 Introductory Latin
This is a course in Ancient Latin for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the language.   Students who intend to study a Latin Plan in upper-year should take this course.  Either Greek or Latin is recommended for those who intend to study Classical Studies in upper-year.  It may be used as an elective, in a Medieval Studies Plan, or in a World Languages Plan.  Students who have previous knowledge of Ancient Latin, Grade 12 or equivalent should instead take:

LATN 209/6.0 Intermediate Latin
Students must request permission to register in LATN 209/6.0 from the Department of Classics

SPAN P10/3.0 Beginning Spanish I
SPAN 112/3.0 Beginning Spanish II

These are courses in Spanish for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the language.   Students who intend to study a Spanish Plan, Spanish and Latin American Studies Plan, or pursue a Certificate in Spanish language competency in upper-year should take these courses.  They may be used as an elective, in a Global Development Studies Plan, or in a World Languages Plan.  Students who have previous knowledge of Spanish, Grade 12 or equivalent should instead take:

SPAN 204/3.0 (Espanol intermedio)
SPAN 205/3.0(Espanol avanzado)
Students must request permission to register in SPAN 204/3.0 and SPAN 205/3.0 from Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

*Note: All 6.0 unit courses are multi-term courses.  These courses are offered across the Fall and Winter Terms.  When students enrol in the "A" suffix course in the Fall Term, the "B" suffix will automatically be added to the Winter Term. Both halves of the course will be offered at the same time in the course timetable.

2014/2015 Offerings:
Mohawk (LLCU 101 and LLCU 102)
Inuktitut (LLCU 101 only)
NEW* Portuguese (LLCU 101 and LLCU102)

Certificate of Competence - Languages

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).

Alumni Profile

Currently working as a team lead in the UBC Research Commons, Jennifer Abel also prides herself on her editing skills developed while she was a student at Queen’s. She has been the technical reviewer for the 5th, 6th and 7th editions of the textbook Contemporary Linguistic Analysis: An Introduction, edited by William O’Grady and John Archibald, published by Pearson Education Canada, as well as the proofreader for the accompanying study guide.

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