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The Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies is the administrative home to the following foreign language and culture programs: Arabic, Chinese, German, Hebrew, Japanese and Russian. In addition, it is the administrative home of three interdepartmental programs: International Literary and Visual Studies (ILVS), Judaic Studies (JS) and Middle Eastern Studies (MES). The department is also closely connected with other programs such as International Relations and Film and Media Studies.

In addition to language and literature courses, we also offer courses in literary and film theory. The department is located on the third floor of the Olin Center.

Degrees Offered

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. (For information about majors in International Relations and Film and Media Studies, please consult their websites).

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Department Policies

Language Placement Exams
Placement exams are given at the beginning of the fall semester. The following faculty administers these exams:

  • Arabic: Rana Abdul-Aziz
  • Chinese: Mingquan Wang
  • Japanese: Kiyomi Kagawa
  • Hebrew: Hedda Harari-Spencer
  • German: Saskia Stoessel
  • Russian: Marina Aptekman

Language Requirement
If you would like to place out of the language requirement (e.g. if you attended high school abroad), please contact your Academic Dean.

Low Enrollment Policy
Tufts has a low-enrollment policy, which means that classes with an enrollment of fewer than six students may have to be cancelled. In that case, the department will make every effort to suggest an alternative section or course.