About the Department
The faculty of the Department of International Literary and Cultural
Studies are dedicated to teaching and researching world literatures,
cinemas and cultures. Students may also study the following languages,
from beginning to advanced levels: Arabic, Chinese, German, Hebrew,
Japanese and Russian.
The department is the administrative home to the International Literary
and Visual Studies (ILVS) program, which offers students opportunities to focus
upon the comparative study of literatures, visual cultures, and cinema
from around the world.
The Department offers ten majors and two graduate degrees. The
undergraduate majors are: Arabic, Chinese, German Language and
Literature, German Studies, Japanese, Judaic Studies, ILVS, Middle
Eastern Studies, Russian
Language & Literature, and Russian and East European Studies. The
graduate degrees are M.A. in German and M.A. in German with Teaching
Licensure. Students can minor in Arabic, Chinese, German, Hebrew,
Japanese, Judaic Studies, and Russian.
All of the major programs in the department develop not only strong
language skills but also those of critical analysis, research,
interpretation and writing. These skills are applied to an understanding
of global cultures within their historical and social contexts that
equip students to engage with a wide variety of international and
transnational issues in a critical and informed manner.
Graduates of the program go on to a wide
range of careers, working in the cultural and arts fields, in journalism
and think-tanks, in NGOs, in diplomacy and foreign service, and in
education, to name a few examples.