Department of Languages, Linguistics & Comparative Literature


WELCOME to the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature on FAU's Boca Raton campus.

We offer BA degree programs in French, Italian, Linguistics, and Spanish and courses in Arabic, German, Mandarin Chinese,  Hebrew, Japanese, and Latin, many of which count toward academic minors and certificates. We provide our students with a broad liberal arts background through course work in language, culture, and literature in an interdisciplinary context. Our programs appeal to a wide variety of students, including humanities-oriented students, future educators, and those who wish to broaden their global horizons in the humanities, while pursuing careers in business, law, and health care, engineering, international relations, and science. Our curriculum is designed to reflect South Florida's diversity and meet the intellectual needs of our multi-ethnic population. Our department's philosophy is that interdisciplinarity and multiculturalism are ideally expressed in a plurality of languages, approached from multiple cultural perspectives, and cross temporal and spatial boundaries.



Our MA degree programs in Comparative Literature, French, Linguistics, and Spanish prepare students for careers in myriad professions, teaching at the high school and community college level, and for doctoral work in discipline-specific areas, as well as for broader-based Comparative Studies and Cultural Studies PhD degrees. In addition, our faculty members are proud to participate in certificate programs in ESL, Jewish Studies, Classical Studies, Women's Studies, and Caribbean and Latin American Studies as well as the interdisciplinary PhD program in Comparative Studies. The department is home to the journal FACS (Florida Atlantic Comparative Studies), and a new journal in Linguistics Boca: The South Florida Journal of Linguistics.

We take pride in the quality and caliber of our faculty whose academic profiles have earned the department multiple research and teaching awards. We are equally impressed by the accomplishments of our students who are our inspiration. Be sure to check out both our faculty and alumni profiles to get a flavor of what we have to offer and how our students are using their degrees after graduation.

It would be our pleasure to welcome you to our dynamic department; we invite you to explore our different programs and to stop by either in person or in cyberspace.

Marcella Munson,
Interim Chair and Associate Professor of French & Comparative Literature

Jackie Carassa
Program Assistant

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