Language and Literature

Language and Literature

Georgetown University has a longstanding tradition of excellence in the study of foreign languages.

The university’s Faculty of Languages and Linguistics is among the leaders in the field. Georgetown has seven modern foreign language departments and three additional departments dedicated to English, classics, and linguistics. Faculty research spans a diverse range of topics, including cross-cultural communication, phonetics, foreign language learning, and comparative literature. Through these departments, the university offers numerous academic programs that encourage language proficiency and provide students with opportunities for cultural immersion abroad. All of Georgetown’s programs are tied together by the common goal of serving the global community and fostering intercultural dialogue and understanding.

M.A. in Italian Studies

The Department of Italian sponsors this master's degree program in Italian language. Students focus on Italian literature and culture or Italian language pedagogy, and all students spend a mandatory semester abroad at a partner university in Italy.

M.A. in Language and Communication

The Department of Linguistics sponsors this M.A. program in the study of sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and pragmatics. Students learn how to use these skills to solve concrete problems in workplace settings, institutions, and professions that depend largely upon language to accomplish their goals.

M.A. in Communication, Culture, and Technology

Communication, Culture, and Technology is a graduate program at Georgetown University. The program explores the relationship between changing technology and changing cultures, including research, government, media, business, and communication.

Ph.D. in Arabic

The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies sponsors this Ph.D. program. Participants engage in active research projects on dialectology, linguistics, Islamic studies, and classical and contemporary Arabic literature. 

Major in Spanish and Portuguese Studies

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors this major in the language, literature, and linguistics of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking worlds.

Ph.D. in Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics sponsors this Ph.D. program. Students concentrate in applied linguistics, computational linguistics, sociolinguistics, or theoretical linguistics.

Major in Russian

The Department of Slavic Languages sponsors this major in Russian language and culture for undergraduate students.

Major in Comparative Literature

The Comparative Literature Program sponsors this major for undergraduate students. Candidates explore two different literary and cultural traditions through the study of literary works in their original language in combination with the study of literary and cultural theory.

Major in Japanese Language Studies

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in the College sponsors this major in Japanese language studies for undergraduate students.

Major in Spanish

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors this major for undergraduates in the literature, language, and culture of the Spanish speaking world.

Minor in Modern Hebrew

The Division of Eastern Mediterranean Languages in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the College sponsors this minor in modern Hebrew language for undergraduate students.

Ph.D. in German

The Department of German sponsors this Ph.D. for Georgetown students. Participants engage in literary and cultural studies from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries.

Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors this Ph.D. program in Spanish linguistics. Candidates take courses including applied linguistics, history/dialectology, and syntax and semantics.

Major in Portuguese

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors this major for undergraduates in the literature, culture, and linguistics of the Lusophone world.

Major in German

The Department of German sponsors this major in German language and culture for undergraduate students.

Major in Culture and Politics

The Walsh School of Foreign Service sponsors this major for Georgetown undergraduate students enrolled in the B.S. in foreign service program. Participants explore questions of culture, knowledge, and power in international relations.

Major in French

The Department of French sponsors this minor in the language, literature, and culture of France and the Francophone world for undergraduate students.

J.D./M.A. in Arab Studies

The Law Center and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies co-sponsor this dual degree program. Participants receive a J.D., an M.A. in Arab studies, and a Joint Program Certificate upon graduation.

Major in Italian

The Department of Italian sponsors this major in Italian language and culture for undergraduate students.

Center for Language Education and Development

The Center for Language Education and Development is a communication training center at Georgetown offering English as a foreign language programs and special programs for professional communication and teacher training.

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Certificate in Asian Studies

Certificate in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies

Certificate in European Studies

Certificate in Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations

Certificate in Latin American Studies

Chinese Major Study Abroad Programs

French Language Institute

Graduate Certificate in Arab Studies

Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies

Graduate Certificate in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies

Hebrew Language and Culture Program

J.D./M.A. in Arab Studies

J.D./M.A. in German and European Studies

Japanese Major Study Abroad Programs

M.A. in Arab Studies

M.A. in Arab Studies/Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies

M.A. in Arab Studies/Ph.D. in Government

M.A. in Arab Studies/Ph.D. in History

M.A. in Arabic and Islamic Studies

M.A. in Asian Studies

M.A. in Communication, Culture, and Technology

M.A. in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies

M.A. in German

M.A. in German and European Studies

M.A. in German and European Studies/Master of Public Policy

M.A. in German and European Studies/Ph.D. in German

M.A. in German and European Studies/Ph.D. in Government

M.A. in German and European Studies/Ph.D. in History

M.A. in Italian Studies

M.A. in Language and Communication

M.A. in Latin American Studies

M.A. in Latin American Studies/Ph.D. in Government

M.A. in Liberal Studies

M.S. in Linguistics

M.S. in Spanish Linguistics

M.S. in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies

Major in Arabic

Major in Chinese Language Studies

Major in Classics

Major in Comparative Literature

Major in Culture and Politics

Major in French

Major in German

Major in Italian

Major in Japanese Language Studies

Major in Portuguese

Major in Russian

Major in Spanish

Major in Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Minor in Arabic

Minor in Chinese Language Studies

Minor in Classics

Minor in German

Minor in Italian

Minor in Japanese Language Studies

Minor in Korean Language Studies

Minor in Modern Greek

Minor in Modern Hebrew

Minor in Portuguese

Minor in Russian

Minor in Russian Literature and Culture

Minor in Spanish

Minor/Certificate in Jewish Civilization

Persian Language and Culture Program

Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies

Ph.D. in German

Ph.D. in Linguistics

Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics

Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies

Study Abroad in Dresden, Germany - Technical University of Dresden

Study Abroad in Milan, Italy - Bocconi University

Study Abroad in Perugia, Italy - University for Foreigners of Perugia

Study Abroad in Rabat, Morocco - IES Abroad

Study Abroad in Rome, Italy - Duke University

Study Abroad in Rome, Italy: M.A. in Italian Studies - University of Rome "3"

Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain: Intensive Language Program - University of Salamanca

Study Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia - Council on International Educational Exchange/St. Petersburg State University

Study Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia: Russian Area Studies - Council on International Educational Exchange

Study Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia: Russian Language Studies - Council on International Educational Exchange

Study Abroad in Trier, Germany - University of Trier

Summer in Amman, Jordan - Qasid Arabic Institute

Summer in Barcelona, Spain: Art, History, Language, and Politics - Pompeu Fabra University

Summer in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Summer in Santiago, Chile: Political Economy, Government, Human Rights and Cultural Studies - Alberto Hurtado University

Summer in Sao Paulo, Brazil - PUC-SP

Summer in St. Petersburg, Russia - Council on International Educational Exchange

Summer in Tours, France, Office of Global Education

Turkish Language and Culture Program