The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures encourages students to see the world through many different cultures, languages, literatures and media. To this end, we offer two different Graduate Programs, Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies.
Western’s program in Comparative Literature has recognized strengths in various literatures (especially – but not limited to – American, Canadian, Classical, English, French & Francophone, German, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and Spanish). What distinguishes it from similar programs across the country (Toronto, Alberta, Montreal...) is the insistent focus on critical theory, postcolonial literature, East-West cultural relationships and inter-media studies (particularly visual art and film). Many of those teaching in the program are well established scholars of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and 18-20th-century cultures. Comparative Literature at Western offers both an MA and a PhD program.
The Hispanic Studies program distinguishes itself from others because of our innovative approaches to the subject matter. In our Literature and Culture programs we focus on connections in time, geography and medium. Our strengths lie in Transatlantic studies, Visual arts, text and music, Digital Humanities and their place in Hispanic Culture. The Linguistic stream focuses on an experimental approach to language acquisition, language loss, heritage speakers and language change due to contact.
Among other opportunities offered in our programs, students may be able to participate in the ground breaking research that takes place in the CulturePlex, the Digital Humanities lab which is unique in Canada
The Hispanic Studies program offers students the option of pursuing an MA or PhD in either Literature or Linguistics.