Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Daniel Hu

Beside being the elected DSC Chair for 2014, Daniel is currently a third year student,pursuing a major in Life Sciences and a minor in Linguistics. Daniel is a recipient of Schulich Leader Scholarship and this year, he will be working as a Teaching Assistant for LING 100: Introduction to Linguistics course. Here is his strategic plan for the upcoming year:

"The Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department is probably the most diverse at Queen’s University, and naturally caters to strengthening intercultural appreciation and communication. With about a dozen mini-departments for foreign languages along with linguistics (the “science” of language), our courses abound in opportunities for extensive language pursuit! Currently, we offer 4 Indo-European languages (German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese), 2 Semitic languages (Arabic, Hebrew), 2 East Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese), and 2 Canadian indigenous languages (Inuktitut, Mohawk). When coupled with extra-departmental (Indo-European) courses in English, French, Greek, and Latin, we have covered almost all of the world’s major languages!

As Chair of the Department Student Council, my goal is to broaden the extent of language appreciation and appreciation throughout the Queen’s community. Our department is filled with both concentrators and casual elective-taking learners, and we would like to foster a sense of community across both, opening up students’ perspectives to other languages and cultures. Particularly, we would like to promote the themes of universality in cross-linguistic and multicultural understanding, not only through social events but also through active projects. My hopes are to expand through partnership with other cultural student organizations, as well as to work toward a potential publication and/or website.

My suggestion is that, regardless of your future plans, anyone should consider pursuing language courses within our department (and as a linguistics minor and TA, my first endorsements go toward the LING courses!). With dedicated passion, they can be the most worthwhile and enjoyable courses that you can take (not to mention with no-nonsense objective grading!) And as a friend once told me, why not take an elective that teaches something you know you can make concrete use of?"