Undergraduate Admission, Queen's University, Canada

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[Kingston Hall and Theological Hall]

Languages and Cultures

Languages and Cultures

[French books on desk]

Bachelor of Arts, Honours (BAH)
OUAC code: QA or QIA (BISC)

Also available with Concurrent Education:
OUAC code: QB (Kingston Campus)
QIB (Bader International Study Centre Campus)

“To imagine a language,’ said the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein,’ is to imagine a way of life.” Studying languages can unlock fascinating new worlds, giving you access to different literatures and cultures. And a good sound knowledge of a foreign language makes it easier to travel, live and work in non-English-speaking countries.

At Queen’s, students with an interest in languages can examine their foundations and formations in a program in Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Or they can pursue a program in French Studies learning to use the language and to appreciate its culture and literature. But you don’t need to be in a language program to study languages. Any student can benefit greatly from taking language courses, whether to fulfill program requirements for a concentration in Global Development Studies, to enhance their career prospects, or purely for personal interest.

Why Study languages at Queen’s?

[guest lecture by George Elliott Clarke]Learning languages at Queen’s enables students to become global citizens, to understand complex cultural perspectives and think critically about the world in which we live. Students can major in French Studies, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Hispanic Studies, or Linguistics, or complement any Arts and Science major at Queen’s with one of our language and culture minors, such as:

  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • World Language Studies

Our Facilities

Ellis Hall’s state-of-the-art active learning rooms, spaces designed to foster cooperative learning and interaction, are used for many classes, and are a great start to learning a new language or mastering an existing one.

[Active Learning class]

Learn by Doing

Our language departments offer students the chance to spend a semester abroad at one of many partner institutions to immerse themselves in a culture and language to expand their learning outside of the classroom.

My year exchange to Toulouse was a wake-up call. It opened education for me as something that you can live on the streets, see through the culture of a living, breathing language and learn from while immersed in a different university environment. Going on exchange was, so far, one of the best decisions (and adventures) I've ever had. – Lara

Internships are a great way to learn by doing at Queen’s in the Languages and Cultures. Students can complete a 12-16 month paid, professional internship that tops up your degree with hands-on experience.

Language Programs

[French Studies class]

French Studies

Studying French creates a wide range of opportunities, especially in Canada. The Department of French Studies offers undergraduate students interested in pursuing the subject in-depth the chance to study French as either a minor, a medial or a major.

We also offer courses for the complete beginner and Certificates of Competencies for students not registered in a French plan. Courses offered include oral and written French, as well as literature and culture. For interested students, it is also possible to study French in either Quebec or France on exchange (full-year, half-year and summer terms).

More about French Studies…

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Learning a language prepares students to travel, live, or work internationally and is helpful even here at home in modern Canada’s multicultural environment.

This multidisciplinary program offers students the opportunity to develop and acquire a global perspective to further their understanding of world culture in its complexity and diversity. Students can also spend a semester in Shanghai studying in English at Fudan University.

Queen’s LLCU offers language courses in: Anishinaabemain, Arabic, Chinese, German, Hebrew, Inuktitut, Italian, Japanese, Mohawk, Portuguese, and Spanish.

On top of studying languages at Queen’s, students can choose to be broader in scope and major in Languages, Literatures and Cultures – a new discipline of study that offers a broad range of language and non-language courses focused on cultures around the globe. Gaining an international perspective will serve graduates well in our globalized world.

More about Languages, Literatures and Cultures…

[Active Learning class]


There are three aspects to Linguistics: language form, language meaning, and language in context. Linguistics is a scientific study of a language that explores the structure of language and how it is acquired.

Linguistics students explore how a language is structured, how it is used in the production and comprehension of messages, and how language changes over time. You will try to answer questions relating to the nature of language, such as what do all languages have in common, or how do children learn a language? Linguistics is a highly interdisciplinary study with connections to Philosophy, Psychology, Computer Science, Cognitive Science and Health Sciences.

VIDEO: Languages and Cultures – Faculty of Arts and Science

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