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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, School of (SLLC)

College of Arts and Humanities
1105 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-4025

Director: Fatemeh Keshavarz
Associate Director for Academic Affairs: Mel Scullen
Associate Director for Academic Administration: Lauretta Clough
Associate Director for Administrative Affairs: Claire Goebeler

Academic Programs

The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is the primary academic unit devoted to instruction and research in the world's languages, literatures, and cultures. It consists of the Departments of East Asian Languages and Cultures, French and Italian, Germanic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese, as well as Second Language Acquisition programs. It offers undergraduate majors in Arabic Studies, Chinese, French Language and Literature, Germanic Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese, Persian Studies, Romance Languages, Russian Language and Literature, and Spanish Language, Literatures, and Cultures.  Minors can be earned in Arabic, Chinese Language, French Studies, Germanic Language and Literatures, Italian Language and Culture, Japanese, Korean Studies, Persian Studies, Portuguese Language, Literatures, and Cultures, Russian Studies, Spanish Language and Cultures, and Spanish Language, Business, and Cultures.  Language and culture instruction through the advanced level is available in Hebrew as well. The School offers study abroad programs in many countries, both short and long-term. Its Language House, a residential immersion facility for approximately 100 students, is one of the most successful living-learning programs on campus, and offers immersion experiences in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, and Spanish.

East Asian Languages and Cultures (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
2106 Jimenez Hall


Professor: Ramsey*
Associate Professors: Mason*, Schonebaum+,Yotsukura*, Zhou+
Assistant Professors:  Hashimoto+
Visiting Assistant Professor: Hu+

Senior Lecturers:  Inoue* , Kong+, Lee-Heitz+, Y. Ramsey**, Yamakita*

Lecturers:  Akikawa*, Wang+

+Chin *Japn  **Kora

French and Italian
3106 Jimenez Hall

Professors: Brami, Campangne, Mossman, Orlando
Associate Professors: Benharrech, Eades, Falvo*, Frisch, Scullen

Assistant Professor:  Baillargeon

Distinguished Senior Lecturer: Amodeo*

Senior Lecturer: Deigan*

Lecturers:  Morando*
Emeriti: Fink, Hage, Russell*, Tarica, Verdaguer


Germanic Studies
3215 Jimenez Hall


Professors: Beicken+, Frederiksen+, Moyer, Oster
Associate Professors: Baer
Assistant Professor: Koser

Emeriti: Best, Jones, Pfister, Strauch, Walker

+Distinguished Scholar/Teacher

Middle Eastern Studies
3215 Jimenez Hall

Professors: Karimi-Hakkak*, Keshavarz-Karamustafa*
Associate Professor: Abasi*, Anishchenkova+, Zakim++
Assistant Professors: Elsisi+, Glanville+

Visiting Assistant Professor: Feuer++

Assistant Clinical Professor: Akbari-Saneh*

Lecturers: Alkebsi+, El Amine+, El-Hefnawy+, Gazit-Rosenthal++, Meftahi*, Moinfar*, Salem+


3215 Jimenez Hall

Associate Professors:  Lekic, Martin, Papazian

Lecturers: Fradkin

Maya Brin Distinguished Lecturer: Gerus-Vernola

Spanish and Portuguese
2215 Jimenez Hall

Professors: Benito-Vessels, Igel*, Quintero-Herencia, Sosnowski

Associate Professors: Demaría, Lacorte, Lavine, Long, Merediz, Naharro-Calderón, Penrose, Rodriguez, Sánchez M de Pinillos

Assistant Professor:  Lima*

Senior Lecturers: Acedo Garcia, Canabal-Torres

Lecturers: Faccio, Onate

Emeriti: Aguilar-Mora+, Cypess, Harrison, Nemes

+ Distinguished Scholar Teacher

In all SLLC programs, language acquisition courses must be taken sequentially. Once credit has been received in a higher-level language acquisition course, a lower-level course may not be taken for credit.

Language Majors

For information on majors in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC), please visit:  www.sllc.umd.edu . Alternatively, please see chapter 7 of the undergraduate catalog.

Language Minors

For information on Minors offered within SLLC, please see:  www.sllc.umd.edu .


Other Language Programs


The Program in Modern Hebrew provides an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in Hebrew language, literature, and culture. Elementary and intermediate language courses introduce basic communication skills in modern Hebrew. Upper-level language courses emphasize reading comprehension, vocabulary enrichment, and writing skills. Advanced courses in literature and culture focus on the analytical study of critical topics relating to modern Hebrew texts and Israeli culture.

Students wishing to focus on Hebrew language as a primary subject may do so through a concentration in Hebrew within the Jewish Studies major (see the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies at www.jewishstudies.umd.edu/ ) or by devising their own major through the Individual Studies Program ( www.ivsp.umd.edu ).

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs, and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .

Awards and Recognition

The UG Committee organizes an annual awards ceremony to celebrate SLLC students who have earned SLLC, campus and/or national scholarships, and academic achievement awards. The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with the annual SLLC UG Research Forum.

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