Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Mission Statement

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures is an interdisciplinary unit that offers a variety of courses and Plans whose common assumption is that the study of foreign languages, literatures, and cultures as well as scientific exploration of language are vital components of the overall learning experience provided by Queen's University.

The study of foreign languages and literatures introduces students to the most important cultures of the modern world; cultures that have produced, and continue to produce, writers, artists, scientists, and thinkers who have collectively influenced the way we experience the world. The study of linguistics introduces students to thinking analytically and creatively about language and developing innovative methodologies to linguistic analyses. Students gain a solid grounding, appropriate to their particular needs, in the various skills necessary to understand, speak, read, and write in the target language with an introduction to the literatures and cultures of the target regions. Students are provided with an educated understanding of theoretical linguistics and are encouraged to participate in scientific discourse in the linguistics community.

Students also develop and acquire a global perspective, giving them an appreciation of how to use their foreign language and linguistics skills in a variety of careers as well as furthering their critical understanding of world culture in its complexity and diversity.

The Department fully endorses and strongly contributes to the internationalization of the educational experience offered to the students of Queen's University. Short-term and long-term exchange and study-abroad programs in target regions are offered and encouraged at the undergraduate level.

The Department provides all its students, whether concentrators or non-concentrators, with the continuing challenge to interrogate their own language and culture more intensely as a result of their experience of the multiple and complex differences between individual languages and cultures.