In an increasingly globalized world, the ability to speak more than one language is a highly valued asset and empowering skill. In addition, the study of structure, history, and development of language helps to create strong communicators with the skills to work in a multitude of professions. The Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics gives you the opportunity to study a new language in the context of cultural, social and literary nuances. You can also learn and explore the science behind human language.
We offer a range of undergraduate and graduate program options, language proficiency and professional certificates, as well as culture and language courses.
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We have an amazing team at the Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics. My professors always made time for me – even outside of their usual office hours. When I went to see them, they always went above and beyond to help me with my work. It is due to the efforts of such teachers that I was able to achieve my current success. I had always liked teaching, but I had not gotten the opportunity to actually try it out. Luckily, the York University English Language Institute (YUELI) was hiring Community Leaders, and I was able to secure one of these positions. I gained tons of experience, I formed long-lasting professional relationships, and most of all, I discovered that teaching was truly my calling in life. I might never have figured this out if it wasn’t for the opportunity to work at York University while I was still a student.
— Çağrı Bilgin
Alumnus, Linguistics '12