Welcome to the Department of European Languages and Literatures,
which offers instruction in the languages, literatures, and cultures of
the French-, German-, Greek-, Italian-, and Russian-speaking worlds. In
addition to elementary and intermediate courses that provide students
with the basic skills of the particular language, the Department also
offers a wide range of more specialized elective courses in advanced
language skills (including translation), literature, film, and other
cultural areas. The Department has also recently inaugurated of four
courses devoted to cross-cultural subjects in European studies.
The Department of European Languages and Literatures offers a
major and minor in French, German, Italian, and Russian, and a minor in
Modern Greek. The Graduate Programs in French and Italian offer Master
of Arts or a Master of Science in Education degrees in those two
languages. The Department also works closely with the Division of
Education to insure that those students interested in pursuing a career
teaching French, German and/or Italian at the secondary-education level will be
thoroughly prepared for their profession. The Department faculty
includes a staff of dedicated full-time teachers as well as a very
committed staff of Adjunct Lecturers. The European Languages staff is
thoroughly committed to scholarship, and has produced numerous books and
articles in a wide variety of areas. Members of our staff also
regularly participate in conferences and colloquia throughout the world.
Many of our faculty members also actively participate in various
doctoral programs at the City University of New York's Graduate Center
In addition to taking courses in the Department, students have the
opportunity to earn college credit by taking advantage of one of Queens
College's several study-abroad programs. Interested students may seek
tuition, scholarships, and internships from a variety of sources. The
Department also offers small annual awards to deserving students, along
with several graduation awards, among them the Robert W. Hartle Award
for Excellence in a Romance Language, the Sheila Endler-Landau Memorial
Prize and the Norman H. Paul Awards in French, the Literary Society
Foundation Prize in German, and the Italian Prize for students of that
language. Many of these prizes were made possible through the generosity
of alumni, friends, and former staff members, such as Robert Hartle and
Norman Paul, of the Department. The Department also has Honor Society
chapters in French, German, Italian, and Russian.
From time to time, the Department organizes lectures on topics
related to continental Europe or to specific European countries.
Recently, Euro-Talks were given by Professor Kebabdjan (University of
Paris) on La France aujourd'hui (Fall 1999), and by Professor Kaufmann
(Economics, Queens College) on Europe's Attempt to Become a Superpower
The Department has recently created a series of four
interdisciplinary courses, taught in English, devoted to cross-cultural
studies of European civilization, art, cinema, and language.
Students in elementary and intermediate language courses in
French, German, Italian, Modern Greek and Russian may seek assistance
from tutors selected for each language. Please check for available
tutors and schedules in the first two weeks of the semester.
Students with advanced fluency may contact the Coordinator in the
first week of the semester. If accepted in the Program, prospective
tutors will be supervised by a full-time faculty member and earn 2
credits for their work. Particularly successful tutors may be selected
to tutor for an additional semester earning 1 credit.