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Hofstra University's Department of Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics offers courses in numerous languages (including Latin and Classical Greek), world literatures (in translation and the original), linguistics, interdisciplinary studies, and literary theory. Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics is also the department where Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Linguistics, the English Language Program, and the Graduate Programs in Linguistics: Forensic Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (TESOL) are based.

We teach the literature and culture of one language in relation to the literature and culture of another. A deep grounding in national languages, the structure of language, and the comparative study of culture through literature will help you formulate a new sort of global consciousness that will enhance your life in many ways.

Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics is the home base for most language instruction at Hofstra (except for French, Italian, and Spanish which are housed in the department of Romance Languages and Literatures). Each of the modern languages taught in the department is spoken by millions of speakers. In fact, the languages taught in the department are spoken by a vast majority of the world's population. Achieving fluency in one of these languages is both culturally enriching and a professional asset.

Programs are available in:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese 
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • German
  • Greek (ancient and modern)
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Linguistics
  • Linguistics: Forensic Linguistics
  • Russian
  • Swahili