Languages and Literatures

From the Chair

IdheThe Department of Languages and Literatures offers a variety of courses in French, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Courses in Arabic and Chinese are offered off campus as part of the Lehman-Manhattan College Language Consortium. The Department also offers courses in literature and culture conducted in English, some of which satisfy the distribution requirement. In addition, a special Spanish-language sequence is offered for heritage speakers of Spanish to enable them to preserve and enhance their knowledge of Spanish. The Department also participates in the interdisciplinary programs in Comparative Literature, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Linguistics, and Multilingual Journalism. For students majoring in fields with international or global goals, the department offers courses in phonetics, business, translation, reading in the arts and sciences, journalistic writing and health professions. Read more


Faculty Spotlight


ZeldaWe congratulate our colleague retired Prof. Zelda Kahan Newman on her recent translation of The Thirteenth Hour: Poems by Rivka Basman Ben-Haim. Please join us for a reading and discussion at the Leonard Lief Library on Monday, September 26, 2016 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Treehouse Conference Room 317. RSVP by September 22nd to . For more information, please contact or phone 718-960-7756. Light Refreshments will be served.







News & Announcements

AminThe Department of Languages and Literatures invites you to join us for our Hispanic Film Festival. Every Wednesday from September 7th to October 5th we will screen a selection of great Latin American films.

The movies will be screened in the Lovinger Theatre

September 7th –

Who is Dayani Cristal? (Mexico)

September 14th –

The return (Costa Rica)

September 21st –

With my heart in Yambo (Ecuador)

September 28th –

Here and there (USA, Spain, Mexico)

October 5th –

Chinese take-away (Argentina)

FREE ADMISSION. Friends, classmates, colleagues, and family members are welcome!

Contact Information:
Name: Marco Ramírez


The Department of Languages and Literatures invites you to join us for our Italian Film Series Fall 2016.

Organized and Presented by Professor Alex Coller

Date: MONDAY, November 7, 2016

Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm (end time approx.)

Screening: Carman Hall: B-O4 (basement)



AminProf. Thomas Spear was honored late last month at the annual Livres en Folie book festival, held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with the Gardien du Livre—or “Keeper of the Books”—prize for his work promoting Haitian literature. He was one of three recipients of the award.  ... READ MORE


New Language Requirement

As of Fall 2013, the new Lehman General Education Language Requirement is 6 credits for students who began their college studies at Lehman. Transfer students’ language requirement depends on how many credits were transferred and whether or not any transferred courses have been processed as fulfilling this portion of general education. See Academic Advising for verification of your individual language requirement. Students transferring into Lehman with an Associate’s Degree do not have a language requirement. For more information on how the language requirement applies to different student profiles, please see flowchart HERE.


All elementary level courses have been changed to 3-credit equivalents.

101 ---> 111 (4 hours, 3 credits )

102 ---> 112 (4 hours, 3 credits )

Spanish Heritage Sequence:

103 ---> 113 (4 hours, 3 credits )

104 ---> 114 (4 hours, 3 credits )


Click here for more information.

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