News & Updates

Professor Charles Egan in podcast on Angel Island

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Professor Charles Egan featured in LCA podcast on his new book Voices of Angel Island: Inscriptions and Immigrant Poetry, 1910-1945.

New Blended BA+MA Programs in Chinese & Spanish

Friday, May 08, 2020

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures announces the arrival of two new SF State Scholar Programs in Chinese and Spanish. These 1+1 blended programs are designed for motivated undergraduate language majors who wish to graduate with both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees within a five year timeframe. Those accepted into the program enroll in graduate-level classes starting in their senior year, thereby shortening time to graduate degree completion. The programs are now accepting applications, and will admit their first candidates in Fall 2020. Details of each program can be found on the webpages for the Chinese and Spanish blended programs. Applications can be downloaded here.

Professor Charles Egan publishes book on Angel Island

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Voices of Angel Island: Inscriptions and Immigrant Poetry, 1910-1945 is an anthology of wall inscriptions in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Russian, and other languages from the old Angel Island Immigration Station, augmented by literary materials from Bay Area ethnic newspapers of the time. It combines family histories, poetry, diaries and memoirs and much more, placed in historical context.

Language Classes to Count Towards GE

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Classes in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, and Spanish will be eligible for General Education (GE) credit starting in Fall 2017. Students will now be able to take most lower division language classes offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and use them towards the C2: Humanities General Education (GE) requirement. In addition, specific classes may satisfy the GE overlays of Global Perspective (GP), Social Justice (SJ), and American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM). Keeping in mind also that language classes satisfy the Complementary Studies (CS) requirement for most majors, students will be able to make a triple play of these classes and satisfy multiple graduation requirements with a single course. Select from the following GE-eligible classes.

  • ARAB 101 First Semester Arabic
  • ARAB 102 Second Semester Arabic
  • ARAB 103 Third Semester Arabic
  • ARAB 104 Fourth Semester Arabic
  • ARAB 206 Intermediate Conversation
  • ARAB 260 Arab Culture and Identity (taught in English)
  • CHIN 101 First Semester Chinese
  • CHIN 102 Second Semester Chinese
  • CHIN 103 Third Semester Chinese
  • CHIN 111 Accelerated Elementary Chinese I
  • CHIN 228 Chinese Language & Society (taught in English)
  • CHIN 271 Chinese Novel in Contemporary Pop Culture (taught in English)
  • FR 101 First Semester French
  • FR 102 Second Semester French
  • FR 215 Intermediate French I
  • FR 216 Intermediate French II
  • GER 101 First Semester German
  • GER 206 Intermediate German Conversation
  • GER 207 Intermediate German
  • ITAL 100 First Semester Italian for Speakers of English & Spanish
  • ITAL 101 First Semester Italian
  • ITAL 102 Second Semester Italian
  • ITAL 103 Third Semester Italian
  • ITAL 104 Fourth Semester Italian
  • ITAL 206 Italian Conversation
  • JAPN 101 First Semester Japanese
  • JAPN 102 Second Semester Japanese
  • JAPN 103 Third Semester Japanese
  • PRSN 100 Summer Immersion Persian
  • PRSN 101 First Semester Persian
  • PRSN 102 Second Semester Persian
  • PRSN 103 Third Semester Persian
  • PRSN 206 Basic Persian Conversation
  • PRSN 250 Intermediate Persian
  • PRSN 260 Persian Culture and Civilization (taught in English)
  • PRSN 290 Intro to Persian Literature in Translation (C3: Humanities-Literature)
  • SPAN 101 First Semester Spanish
  • SPAN 102 Second Semester Spanish

MLL Statement on BlackLivesMatter and Systemic Racism

Monday, June 08, 2020

San Francisco State University’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures unequivocally and forcefully denounces white supremacy and systemic racism.  We have now seen, once again, how these twin abominations deliberately target Black people and subject them disproportionately to violence, discrimination, and social injustice in the United States. It is outrageous to see how hegemonic power continues to attack citizens because of their skin color or origin.  These heinous attacks, fueled by white supremacy, must stop.  Hence, as educators and researchers, we stand with all BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) in the Bay Area, nationwide and abroad, and with all those organizing and protesting in response to ongoing police brutality. The senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and Sean Monterrosa are only the most recent example of uncontrolled police brutality against people of color in our country.  

As a Department that represents cultural and ethnic diversity and embraces San Francisco State University’s dearly-held values of social justice, equity and civic engagement, we pledge to confront and expose all systems of discrimination that persist in our institutions and our society, whether based on race, gender or sexuality, and whether they are within the University or beyond.  More specifically, we recommit ourselves to dismantling white supremacy and racist violence in our curricula, research and teaching, and to offer a Safe Place for our BIPOC students.  We are conscious of the pernicious and ongoing legacies of colonialism and slavery in this country, and we fully recognize that these legacies underlie the violence against black and brown lives.  We, therefore, demand greater empowerment for all BIPOC students, faculty and staff, and we insist upon greater diversity and inclusivity in the hiring of faculty, staff and administration at San Francisco State University.