The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics offers undergraduate courses and program options (BA and Honours BA) with majors or minors in German Studies, Italian Studies, Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies, and Spanish. The iBA (International BA) is available to students in German Studies and Italian Studies. Students may also pursue a Minor in Japanese Studies.
Students may also pursue a BA or Honours BA with a major or minor in Linguistics, the discipline concerned with discovering the organizing principles of human language and applying these principles to the description of individual languages.
The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at York University also offers a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Graduates of this program will be fully accredited by TESL Ontario as English language teachers.
A variety of language and culture courses are offered in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Greek (both Classical and Modern), Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Jamaican Creole, Korean, Latin, Persian, Russian, and Swahili.
Courses in ESL foster the developing abilities of domestic and international students to use English for academic purposes, allowing them to engage more fully in their programs.