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The Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL) combines five departments: Comparative Literature, French and Italian, German Studies, Iberian and Latin American Cultures, and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Each of these departments offers one or more B.A. degree programs, as well as undergraduate minors. The DLCL also offers unique minors that are independent of its five department: (1) The Modern Languages minor allows students to study two languages and literatures; (2) The Translation Studies minor; (3) MELLC minor (Middle Eastern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures). Please see below for a complete list of degree programs.
The DLCL offers a wide variety of courses, meant to appeal to students of all majors. The Language Center (a part of the DLCL, located in Buiding 30) offers courses that bring students toward proficiency in modern languages. Courses in literature, film, music, and culture are taught both in foreign languages and in English.
Stanford offers many opportunities that will be interesting for DLCL students: the Bing Overseas Studies Program allows undergraduates to study on one of eleven Stanford campuses around the world; and theme houses are student residences on campus with a particular cultural focus.
If you are a Stanford student and are interested in a major or minor please see Declaring the Major or Minor. If you are not a student at Stanford yet, please refer to Stanford Undergraduate Admission.
Each program has its own unique features and set of requirements. Please refer to the following pages for detailed descriptions:
Major (Bachelor of Arts)
|Comparative Literature||Comparative Literature|
|French and Italian||French and Italian|
|German Studies||German Studies|
|Iberian and Latin American Cultures (ILAC)||Iberian and Latin American Cultures (ILAC)|
|Slavic Languages and Literatures||Slavic Languages and Literatures|
Declaring the Major or Minor
Students at Stanford usually declare their major during their sophomore year after they have taken a few classes in the department. If you are interested in one of the DLCL’s majors, please email the Chair of Undergraduate Studies to request a meeting. They will discuss with you the degree of your desired department (Refer to the department sites for contact information). You should also familiarize yourself with the requirements for your program.
A minor may be declared without prior consultation. To do so, enter your declaration in AXESS with a list of courses that you have taken or will take to fulfill the minor requirements. The department will review the declaration and notify you when it is approved.
Each department has appointed a Chair of Undergraduate Studies (CUS), who advises students on their academic program. Students should meet with the CUS for their major or minor at least once a year to discuss study plans, research, departmental requirements, etc. Please see the department sites to identify the CUS for each department and for contact information.
DLCL Peer Advisors
Undergraduate student peer advisors are senior majors in the DLCL who have studied abroad and offer their advice to fellow students. They are available to meet with students to answer questions related to the major and minor and other relevant topics. Peer advisors also act as student representatives in the departments and organize events and social activities.
Each department's peer advisor is listed on the department site. If you are interested in becoming a peer advisor, please contact your department's Chair of Undergraduate Studies.
The Honors program for the Division is directed towards students who wish to engage more thoroughly with their field of study. It allows students to research a topic of their choosing in depth with the help of a faculty adviser. The program is voluntary and open to any student majoring within the Division who satisfies their department's honors requirement; usually a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the courses of the major.
The honors program cycle begins in the spring quarter of the junior year with an informational meeting, at which the incoming group of honors students is identified. Four weeks later we bring together the new honors juniors at an honors writing workshop. By the end of spring quarter honors students submit their honors essay proposal and have determined who their adviser will be.
The Division hosts a a three-week Honors College each September before fall quarter begins. Honors college is led by a DLCL faculty member and a graduate student teaching assistant. All honors juniors are strongly encouraged to attend.
In fall quarter of the senior year, seniors writing an honors essay are required to take DLCL 189 - Honors Thesis Seminar for five units. The course is intended to support the honors essay writing process. In winter quarter, students will enroll in an independent study with their primary adviser. Students are asked to submit their completed essays in Spring quarter of their senior year by May 15. We nominate at least one essay for Stanford's Golden Medal award each year.
Students wishing to transfer applicable work from other institutions should contact the Registrar's Office.
Most DLCL majors and minors study abroad. For more information see Stanford Overseas Programs. Students should meet with their department's Director of Undergraduate Studies before they begin their studies abroad to review their program of study. In addition to the Bing Overseas Study programs, Stanford recognizes and accepts coursework done abroad from other overseas studies programs. If the student is considering attending a non Stanford program he/she must contact the registrar before the study abroad program begins to insure that coursework will be accepted by Stanford.
Majors and non-majors may be interested in housing at one of the several language theme houses on campus. Every department within the division (DLCL) is represented by a language theme house. Academic and Language Houses enable both majors and non-majors with an active interest in a field to live together and explore a theme in a fun and comfortable residential setting. Most houses maintain active contact with faculty in the relevant academic departments and often host noted scholars, cultural figures, and political leaders. For students preparing for or returning from overseas study, the houses with a language theme provide opportunities to use the language on a daily basis.
Commencement ceremonies are held once a year in June. Students apply to graduate via AXESS , usually in early April. Deadlines for graduation are available at the Registrar's Office, and also on the front page of the quarterly time schedule. For details about commencement weekend, please visit the Commencement website.
The CDC organizes a Career Fair for students interested in languages, please contact the Career Development Center (CDC) for information about careers in languages including work opportunities abroad. The CDC provides yearly career orientation and workshops/events (e.g. résumé preparation) for students on the job market.
This section is under construction. If you are an alumnus who received a major or minor in one of our departments and have an interesting story to submit about how your language studies has served you in life or career after graduation, please let us know! Email Denise Winters.
Can IHUM, Thinking Matters, or SLE classes count for my major?
Yes, classes that fulfill general education requirements may count towards your major, but must not be counted towards another degree and be approved by the Chair of Undergraduate Studies.
Can a credit/no-credit class count towards the major?
No, all classes must be taken for a letter grade.
How do I declare the major or minor?
Before you declare your major, you must develop a plan of study with the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. A minor can simply be declared on Axess as long as you have a major, you need to list all of the classes that you will count towards the minor in axess. We advise you to consult with the Chair of Undergraduate Studies, as well.
Can I change my plan of study later?
You can change your major, although please discuss this with the Chair of Undergraduate Studies of both the new and old departments.
Are there required core classes for the majors?
Yes. Please check the requirements for the individual degrees. Whether core classes can be substituted is at the discretion of your Chair of Undergraduate Studies.
Will classes taken abroad count?
Always get approval before you go abroad! Many classes taken at Bing Overseas campuses may count, and classes from other universities abroad may also be approved to count for your major please see transfer credit for details.
Can I get transfer credit for classes taken at other universities?
Transferring credit is handled by the University Registrar, please see this site[http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/registrar/students/ap]. If approved by the Registrar, the Chair of Undergraduate Studies decides whether your transfer credit can apply to your major.
How many units are required for the major?
That depends entirely on the major, please check the individual requirements.
Do I choose an advisor for my major/minor?
No. All undergraduates in DLCL departments are advised by the Chair of Undergraduate Studies in their department. The Chair may change more or less frequently depending on the department. If you choose to pursue honors, however, you will work closely with your adviser which can be any professor in your department.
What classes can count for my major?
Classes in your department, as well as other relevant classes in the DLCL and other departments may count as electives towards your major, as long as they are taken for a letter grade and you aren’t counting them towards another degree. Always obtain approval from your Chair of Undergraduate Studies.
Can I double-major in a DLCL department and another department?
Certainly, in fact many of our majors are double-majors. Please read this general information [https://undergrad.stanford.edu/academic-planning/majors-minors/double-majors-and-secondary-majors].
If the requirements for a major change, which ones apply to me?
The requirements for your degree that are relevant to you are determined by your declared date. Your declared date is listed on your unofficial transcript.
When should I declare my major/minor?
As early as possible! Declaring early ensures that the requirements don't change without your knowledge. It also makes you part of the undergrad community of the DLCL, so you will receive information about opportunities and events.
When do I declare honors?
Honors are declared at the end of your junior year by June 1st. Declaring earlier is not an option because Honors is offered to students with a minimum GPA of 3.3 overall or 3.5 in the department . You must have taken enough classes that we can reliably predict your GPA. When declaring honors, you must choose a faculty adviser as the “primary reader” and another faculty member as a “secondary reader.”
- Departments & Centers
- Comparative Literature
- French and Italian
- German Studies
- Iberian and Latin American Cultures
- Slavic Languages and Literatures
- BiblioTech Program
- Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
- Stanford Language Center
- Prospective Students