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Graduate Program in Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Submitted by darmstro on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:03am

The MA and PhD programs in Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLAC) represent an innovative response to the demand for inter- and transcultural knowledge and competence in the global community and seek to promote the application of a set of critical skills that serve to advance the understanding of language and culture, applicable beyond the parameters of the academic context.
We offer students a course of studies that, in all its nuances, invites cross-cultural and cross-linguistic initiatives, while at the same time advancing language proficiency and deeper investigation in one target area. At a time when boundaries between and among disciplines are permeable, the program provides opportunities for interdisciplinary inquiry. Students may study texts and visual media from French, Spanish and German-language communities in an international context, perform comparative research across these or other cultural  traditions represented in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures (SLLLC), or pursue applied linguistics research in any of these languages. Benefiting from the relatively small size of our program, our students enjoy personal attention and interaction with professors in an open, collegial atmosphere. 

The school provides funding to all students admitted to the thesis-based MA and the PhD. MA students may expect financial support during the first 20 months of their program, and PhD students may expect financial support for the first 44 months of their program. These funding levels depend on students making reasonable progress toward completion of their degree.

We encourage applications from Canadian and international students. Please note that this program is not intended for students interested in performing research primarily on texts written in English or on English as a Second Language.

Key features

  • Core curriculum across language areas

  • Broad opportunities for interdisciplinary research

  • Proficiency in target language plus additional language

  • Professionalization workshops

  • Training in second language acquisition

  • Training for academic and non-academic jobs

  • Guaranteed funding of at least $20,000 annually for MA students (thesis-based programs) for 20 months in program

  • Guaranteed funding of at least $22,000 annually for PhD students for four years in program


Dr. Mary O'Brien
Graduate Program Director

Federica Gowen
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 403-220-4001