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
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!
Richard A. Zipser, Chair
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures