Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures

Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures

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Welcome to the Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures. We teach the languages, literatures, and cultures of French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian-speaking people to undergraduate and graduate students at California State University, Long Beach. The department also offers courses in Arabic as part of its commitment to language education. Our mission is to deliver the highest quality instruction in the various disciplines we teach. Our professors have expertise in a wide range of geographical, temporal, and methodological arenas, which allows us to have broad-based curricula in our minor, major, and Master’s programs.

We are proud to include among our student body many future and current teachers, as well as future and current translators, editors, journalists, business people, geographers, anthropologists, linguists, professional writers, non-profit administrators, and numerous other professionals.
We have four B.A. programs in our department: French, German, Italian Studies, and Spanish. We offer minors in all of those areas, as well as in Russian. Our commitment to educating teachers for the state of California is seen in our Single Subject Credential in Languages Other than English (LOTE), which includes credentials in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Our courses also support related programs such as: Latin American Studies, International Business, International Studies, and History.

Our commitment to scholarly and instructional excellence is seen in the training the Department provides for prospective foreign language teachers and instructors K-16; future PhD students in French, Spanish, German, Romance Languages, Linguistics, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies; language professionals in translation, interpretation, travel-related disciplines, and technical writing.

Our faculty members represent some of the best teacher-scholars in the profession. High standards are maintained through excellence in teaching, scholarly contributions, and active service to the university, profession, and community. The Department considers teaching and scholarship to be of primary and equal importance. We place a high value on activities that integrate teaching and scholarship, and promote research activities that combine these two important components of the department’s commitment to excellence in higher education.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the educational and professional opportunities that studying language, literature, and culture can bring you. We also invite you to click here to learn more about the student learning outcomes for all of our programs.

Dr. Markus Muller, Chair
Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures