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Department Chair: Jane O. Newman
Department Manager: Suzanne Bolding











Department Language Clubs


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.


 Congratulations, Professor Carrie Noland!
 Congratulations to Dr. Lora Wheeler Mjolsness
 The Francophone World -- a new focus in French and International Studies

       Past News


04/07/14Not a Zero-Sum Game: US-Russian Relations in a Multipolar World
04/11/14Words And Actions: Albert Camus Against Capital Punishment - Professor Ève Morisi at UCI's Center In Law, Society, and Culture
04/12/14AATG Meeting
04/15/14Less and Less Foreign: Teaching the Romance Languages through Intercomprehension
04/21/14Heine’s Aesthetics of Dissonance - Colloquium with Willi Goetschel
04/23/14Journée de la francophonie
04/28/14Francophone Troubadours: Assimilating Occitan Poetry in Medieval France
12/04/14Europe and the World: World War I as Crisis of Universalism

     Past Events