photo-blooming trees on campus by J. Harton
 UAlbany campus in bloom

LLC at a Glance


The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures helps students to develop communication skills in foreign languages—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—and also to understand the linguistic phenomena, literatures, and cultures common to the speakers of those languages. The department regards proficiency in foreign languages as not only a professional and intellectual asset, but also as the key to effective citizenship in a globalized and multicultural world.


  • LLC’s faculty regularly teach 8 languages: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
  • LLC offers a PhD, MA, BA and BA/MA in Spanish as well as minors in French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.  If a major is not currently available, students may pursue creating a student-initiated interdisciplinary major.
  • LLC offers 150+ courses each year in language, literature, the cultures of the languages studied, and cinema.
  • LLC enrolls over 3000 students each year.
  • UAlbany offers 8 of the top 11 languages spoken in the world.
  • Many LLC faculty are not just bilingual, but multi-lingual.
  • LLC's faculty are from/have ties to over 30 countries.
  • LLC grads go on to a wide variety of career fields: Translation, Teaching, Quality Assurance, Healthcare and Social Service, Editing, Government Research, FBI, Intelligence Community, Military Service, Business, Financial Industries, Hospitality and Travel, Foreign Service, Marketing, Publishing, Consulting, United Nations, Nongovernmental organizations and more.
  • LLC faculty have diverse research interests across literature, culture and linguistics. See the faculty pages for details.