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There are 5 specializations available under the new LLAC graduate program:


French and Francophone Studies

Our graduate program in French provides students with a broad set of advanced research and communication skills, and specialized knowledge in the following areas: French Literatures (XVII to XX), Postcolonial Literatures, Quebecois and Franco-Canadian Literatures, Comparative Literature, Travel Writing, Gender studies, Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, French Linguistics, Sociolinguistics and Second-Language Teaching. These intercultural and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as studies in theoretical approaches, lead the students to a high degree of cultural knowledge and global awareness of Africa, Asia, Canada, the Caribbean, and France. Our students write their theses and dissertations in French.

Etudes françaises et francophones

Notre programme en études françaises et francophones vise à donner aux étudiants de meilleurs outils de communication et de spécialisation dans les domaines suivants : littératures françaises (du XVII au XXe siècles), littérature postcoloniale, littérature québécoise et franco-canadienne hors Québec, littérature comparée, littératures de voyage, études du genre, cinéma, théâtre, arts visuels, linguistique française, sociolinguistique et didactique des langues. Ces différentes perspectives interdisciplinaires et interculturelles, ainsi que des approches théoriques et critiques ouvrent les étudiants aux connaissances approfondies sur l’Afrique, l’Asie, le Canada, les Caraïbes et la France. Nos étudiants rédigent leurs mémoires et thèses en français.


We believe that German is studied often most productively with interdisciplinary, international or intercultural goals in mind. To study German here in North America means looking in from the outside. To study German in the 21st century means linking it to issues and concerns relevant to other cultures, languages, histories and modes of thinking. We encourage research in German in conjunction with Education, English, Film, Fine Arts, French, History, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, and Spanish.


The scholarly activities of our Spanish faculty embrace a vast range of subjects and theoretical approaches, and share a strong interdisciplinary focus. Cinemas of the Hispanic world, musical expressions in Hispanic cultures, language heritage and identity, exile literature, Sephardic and gender studies, performance studies, and textual criticism are just some of the many areas of research offered. Graduate students are given exceptional opportunities to deepen their knowledge, increase their intercultural competencies and prepare for careers in academia and numerous other fields.


The specialization in Transcultural Studies investigates the inner differentiation and complexity of modern cultures that are represented in the linguistic and geographical areas studied by faculty in the Linguistics, Languages and Cultures, as well as French, Italian and Spanish. Projects and courses in this specialization may address cultural works from the geographic areas where Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish are the dominant language.

Cultures cannot be considered separate satellites; the known and the foreign are blurred, such that transcultural becomes a more accurate term for the analysis of complex cultures than inter- or cross-cultural. Questions of national, cultural and linguistic identity that continue to be vital elements in global understanding will inform the research in this specialization.


The Applied Linguistics specialization incorporates projects that may or may not be connected to one language only. Projects may include classroom-based and other forms of experimental research on language and linguistics, drawing on expertise in applied linguistics in the sub-units of Chinese, French, German, Russian and Spanish.