Research – a systematic inquiry or investigation into a topic – is conducted across the curricula at the University at Albany.  Whether it is using ancient texts or more recent diaries to develop new understandings or analyzing data to find mathematical patterns, research is an important component of your university education. Research begins with a question. What answer will you uncover?

Languages, Literatures & Cultures

What is Languages Research?


    * learn more about the structure of a specific language, its history, variation in how it is used today, and ways to teach and learn it


     * study aspects of human experience explored in literary works and learn to interpret them critically


    * learn more about different cultures and study ways to characterize and teach  them and to make global connections

How can I do research in languages at UAlbany?

Students can work with faculty on an on-going project

Carry out research as part of an advanced course

      * For example, in a course on «Franco-American French », students used Professor Cynthia Fox’s corpus of sociolinguistic interviews to conduct original research on the lexicon of Franco-American French.

     * Participate in the honors program and write an honors thesis.


Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Humanities 235 1400 Washington Ave. Albany, NY 12222

PH (518) 442-4100/4222




Some other resources to explore

Modern Languages Association:

Linguistic society of America:

The Linguist list:    

Profile of a student

For her class on Spanish sociolinguistics, Pamela Alvarado carried out a research project on Spanish in Colorado. Her project "Variation and Maintenance of Spanish in Colorado: The Case of Fort Lupton" was accepted for presentation at the Undergraduate Research Conference on Language Variation and Language Contact at the University of Michigan, (March 30, 2012). Pamela received an award from the organizers to travel to the conference in Ann Arbor. She also received the UAlbany Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research. After graduation, she has started her studies as a PhD student in Spanish linguistics at the University. About her undergraduate research experience Pamela says: “I chose to research the Spanish in Fort Lupton, CO for a final project in order to challenge myself. Doing this research turned out to be a lot more fun and interesting than I had expected.”

If you like languages, there might be interesting research opportunities for you in:

Linguistics, English, translation, journalism, history, anthropology, education, business, and computer science.