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Department Chair:
Jane O. Newman

Department Manager:
Suzanne Bolding








2014 Europe and the World Conference


Department Language Clubs




Videos & Photos from Recent Lectures & Workshops

Visions of Europe
"Visions of Europe" volume published!

About the Department:

Founded in 2012, the Department of European Languages and Studies is a site for dynamic and innovative exploration of culture and society in both national and international contexts. The department strives to foster an understanding of particular national traditions while pursuing transnational perspectives that involve the study of Europe in the context of colonial and postcolonial history. ELS integrates the faculty members of the departments of German and French & Italian and the programs in Russian and European Studies. It further includes affiliate faculty members from Spanish, Comparative Literature, the arts, and the social sciences. In the belief that the complexities of European cultures can best be understood by applying a multidisciplinary approach, we offer courses that explore a wide range of fields including literature, film, critical theory, philosophy, linguistics, politics and ethics, political theory, popular culture, and the performing and visual arts. The department includes both undergraduate majors and graduate programs. The inclusion of the word “language” in the department’s name—unique among European studies programs in the United States—signals our commitment to enabling students to become fluent in one or several foreign language(s) and to developing translingual and transcultural competence, i.e. the ability to operate between languages and cultures. For this reason, we also strongly encourage students to spend time studying abroad in a European country.


 Launch of Newman / Hatch On-line and Inter-active Publication with Cornell University Press and The Warburg Institute (London / UK)
 Congratulations Professor Anke Biendarra!
 2013 - 2014 Russian Studies Outstanding Students

       Past News


10/03/14Fall Reception
10/18/14AATG-SC Chapter Meeting
10/20/14Big Stories: Heidegger, Arendt and the Plot of Modernity - Lecture by Professor Karen Feldman, UC Berkeley
11/17/14Facing Europe: Veils, Secrets, Living Together - Lecture by Professor Elisabeth Weber, UC Santa Barbara
12/04/14Europe and the World: World War I as Crisis of Universalism, December 4-7, 2014

     Past Events