Expand your experience of the world with a degree in languages, literatures and cultures. Our small, interactive classes and faculty experts integrate language learning with in-depth inquiry into multicultural understanding. Across our programs, you'll develop communication and problem-solving skills to tackle today's global challenges. Linguistic and cultural knowledge can be applied to a wide range of majors and careers, while offering opportunities for immersive understanding of human experience across the globe.
Students pursuing a major in languages, literatures and cultures can choose a concentration in Chinese, French & Francophone Studies, German, Italian, Japanese, or Russian. In addition to those six languages, minors are also available for Hebrew and Latin.
The Languages, Literatures & Cultures Department at DU provides:
Small, interactive classes that allow students ample time to connect with our accomplished instructors
Study abroad opportunities around the world
Multiple ways to tie your studies into key out-of-class experiences, including service learning, internships and extracurricular activities
Access to the support and programs of DU’s Center for World Languages and Cultures
Concentrations & Requirements
Students majoring or minoring in languages, literatures and cultures will choose a language concentration.
While there is no Arabic concentration, the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures does provide advanced courses in Arabic. Contact Maha Foster to learn more.
- To major in Languages, Literatures and Cultures students will need to complete Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies, Journeys in World Literature, and 36 credits of approved courses beyond the 1003 level in their concentration. Additional requirements apply; please view the bulletin for full details.
- Minor requirements vary by concentration.
See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for full course requirements.
German Cinema: An Introduction to German Culture, History, and Politics through Film
About this Course
This is an introduction to 20th- and 21st-century German culture, history, and politics through film analysis. Studying the most famous and influential films in the history of German cinema, students explore a wide range of topics (including political propaganda, national identity, multiculturalism, terrorism, education and youth, the arts, gender, and class) and investigate how a popular culture medium like film can capture the political, social, and economic atmosphere in society. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.
Chinese Society in Transition
About this Course
Through studying selected texts and focusing on topics about various aspects of Chinese society in transition, this class aims at strengthening and further developing students’ overall skills, in particular, skills of reading comprehension, presenting information and one’s opinions, and debating with other people. Prerequisite: CHIN 2003 plus study in China OR CHIN 2302; or permission of instructor.
Aspects of Modern Hebrew: Readings, Films, Songs, and Discussion
About this Course
This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Intermediate Hebrew. It facilitates communicative competence in Hebrew across interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes through constant immersion in Hebrew. It also expands knowledge of Israeli culture while interacting solely in Hebrew. This course is not open to native speakers of Hebrew.