A Welcome Message from the Chair



WELCOME to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Delaware. Using our Home Page you can browse through our department, meet our faculty and staff, see the catalog descriptions of our courses, learn about the study abroad programs we offer, review the degree requirements for our undergraduate and graduate programs, get acquainted with our Foreign Language Media Center, and much more!

The Department offers students the opportunity to major in the following programs of study leading to the B.A. degree: Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Latin Studies, Russian Studies, Spanish Studies, and Three Languages. Students who are eager to make teaching their career can pursue the B.A. degree in French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Spanish Education. We also offer joint majors with the Department of History and with the Department of Political Science and International Relations.

At the graduate level we have two M.A. programs, allowing students to tailor their studies to meet their professional objectives. The traditional M.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures offers majors in French, German, and Spanish. The M.A. in Foreign Languages and Pedagogy allows students to combine advanced study in a foreign language and literature with courses in foreign language pedagogy, and can provide a framework for teacher certification.

The Department has sixty full-time and one part-time faculty, a Director for the Media Center, and an office staff of four. In addition, we have about twenty adjunct faculty who teach one or more courses per semester and twenty-five graduate teaching assistants. The Spanish faculty is the largest, followed by French, German, Italian, and Asian Languages (Chinese and Japanese); the faculties in Russian and Classics are comparable in size; and we also have faculty members who teach Hebrew and Arabic on a regular basis, as well as Portuguese when demand is sufficient to warrant a course.

By providing opportunities both on campus and abroad for the study of foreign languages and literatures, and the civilizations and cultures where those languages are or once were spoken, the Department defines and fulfills its basic mission. Our greater mission is to help internationalize the University of Delaware. We are in a position to enhance the offerings of other departments by adding an international dimension to them, and we do whatever we can to ensure that everyone who is part of the University community will be prepared for citizenship in the global community. For a complete statement of our Department's Mission please see our FLL Mission Statement.

I hope this brief introduction is helpful to you. If you would like additional information about our department and its offerings, please send an e-mail request to Jissell Martínez.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Annette Giesecke, Chair
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures




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