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1. MIT - Foreign Languages and Literatures The study of foreign languages and literatures provides valuable experience and a potential edge for future career development. Scientists and engineers function in a global market: they rely on primary sources published in other languages, attend international consortia, and often find themselves interacting across national, cultural, and linguistic borders. Government and industry often give preference to job applicants who are proficient in a foreign language. MIT students are encouraged to work and study abroad in conjunction with university, private and public organizations.
The faculty of FL&L, the language coordinators, and the Undergraduate Academic Administrator can provide assistance in choosing an appropriate program and granting transfer credit from overseas or domestic programs. Over IAP (MIT's Independent Activities Period during winter break), FL&L offers intensive introductory language subjects in addition to intensive subjects designed to help students plan for living and working in France and Germany. In addition, students have the option to cross-register at Wellesley College or Harvard University throughout the academic year. Relevant subjects taken at qualified institutions here and abroad may fulfill MIT's science, engineering and humanities requirements.
2. MIT - LiteratureLiterature at MIT accommodates students with a wide variety of interests and career plans. A student may major, minor, or concentrate in literature – or take the occasional subject. Students graduating from MIT with majors in literature in recent years have been admitted into the best doctoral programs in the field, both in the U.S. and abroad. The major provides solid grounding in the discipline, with the flexibility to allow exploration of particular interests. More generally, the program develops transferable skills in writing, comprehension, and analysis relevant to a variety of different professional paths – graduates have pursued both traditional career choices (e.g., journalism, law, and medical school) and more esoteric ones, such as the gourmet food industry or computer game design.
3. MIT Department of Linguistics The MIT Linguistics Group has been engaged in the study of language since the 1950's, and the first class of PhD students was admitted in 1961. Our research aims to discover the rules and representations underlying the structure of particular languages and what they reveal about the general principles that determine the form and development of language in the individual and the species. The program covers the traditional subfields of linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and psycholinguistics) as well as interfaces with philosophy and logic, speech science and technology, computer science and artificial intelligence, and study of the brain and cognition.
4. MIT Writing and Humanistic Studies The MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies gives students the opportunity to learn the techniques, forms, and traditions of several kinds of writing, from basic expository prose to more advanced forms of non-fictional prose, fiction and poetry, science writing, scientific and technical communication and digital media. Our faculty consists of novelists, essayists, poets, translators, biographers, historians, engineers and scientists.
Program subjects are arranged by three areas: creative writing, science writing and digital media. In each area introductory subjects lead to more specialized advanced subjects. A number of the advanced subjects use writing as a vehicle to explore humanistic and scientific issues in a broad cultural context.
Students pursuing a humanities concentration in writing or a minor in writing work mainly within one of the Program's three curricular areas. Students may also major in writing or develop a joint major with another discipline in the humanities or with the Program in Science, Technology, and Society.
5. Princeton University - Comparative Literature The Department of Comparative Literature offers the degree of doctor of philosophy in cooperation with the other departments of literature. The program of study enables students with exceptional training in languages and literatures to profit from the increased awareness and understanding that may be derived from the consideration of more than one literature and of the theoretical presuppositions behind literary study as a whole. Typically lasting five years (although an accelerated program can be elected), the program prepares candidates for original scholarship in the field and for teaching in comparative literature, in separate departments of literature, and in the humanities.
6. Princeton University - Department of Classics The civilizations of Greece and Rome continue to amaze us with the depth and verve of their thought, their history and philosophy, and their perennial relevance. Studying classics is the attempt to root such astonishment in the knowledge of what those works meant in their own time, how they have come down to us, and what significance they have today.
The Department of Classics at Princeton, which is among the largest and most distinguished in the country, offers courses, both in English and in the original languages, that treat the whole range of ancient culture, from its mythology to its philosophy, from its law to its literature.
7. Princeton University - Department of English The aim of the Princeton graduate program in English is to produce well-trained and productive scholars, sympathetic and intelligent critics, and effective and imaginative teachers. The five year Ph.D. program is intense but also supportive. Princeton maintains a feeling of intimacy despite being a high-powered research university; it is large enough to sustain an extremely diverse, cosmopolitan, and lively intellectual community, but small enough so that no one need feel lost in it. Because this is a residential university, whose traditions emphasize teaching as well as research, the faculty is easily accessible to students and concerned about their progress.
8. Princeton University - Department of German Long considered a leading program for the training of Germanists, the department has, in the last decade, built on its strength in literature, literary theory, and philosophy by adding significant faculty strength in media studies and the visual arts.
Founded in 1956 when Professor Victor Lange came from Cornell and split off an independent department from a Department of Modern Languages, the department has been home to a long line of distinguished scholars in all fields of German literature and culture.
For a brief history of the department, please visit our “Landmarks” section.
9. Princeton University - Department Slavic Languages and Literature The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures welcomes intellectually curious students seeking to understand the cultures and societies of Russia and Eastern Europe. The Russian language serves as the gateway to the major, allowing students to read the classic texts of Russian literature in the original; to that end we sponsor a Princeton in Petersburg program. However, we also welcome students whose primary interest is not literary, be it politics, cultural anthropology, film and visual arts, or Russia’s still problematic relationship to the West. We are a small department and encourage vigorous interaction with other programs and disciplines on campus, including history, music, and comparative literature.
10. Princeton University - Graduate Program – French and Italian The aim of the Ph.D. program in French is to train the next generation of scholars and university teachers of French language and literature. The job placement of former students attests to its success. (The department does not currently offer a graduate program in Italian; it does, however, sometimes offer graduate-level courses in Italian literature and culture.)
The academic structure of the program enables students to acquire a broad understanding of the whole field of French studies as well as a secure grasp of their own field of concentration, and prepares them to develop independently as scholars and teachers.
Students accepted for the Ph.D. program enjoy financial support for five years, although readmission each year depends on satisfactory performance. They also hold part-time Assistantships in Instruction.
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