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The Department of French, German, Italian and Slavic Languages (FGIS)



The FGIS department offers programs leading to an undergraduate major, minor, or certificate of language proficiency in French, German, and Italian as well as instruction in Russian. Programs are designed to provide comprehensive functional language skills, special preparation for the business and professional arenas, and a comprehensive understanding of literature and culture as a preparation for graduate studies. Students may also choose to complete a double major by combining one of the language programs with any of 100 other majors at Temple University, including business, secondary education, management, communications, journalism, music, health professions, fine arts, or engineering and science. Below are some key areas that demonstrate the skills learned at the undergraduate level.

  • Introductory and Intermediate Language

  • Conversation

  • Language for Business and the Professions

  • Introductory and Advanced Literature

  • Composition

  • Culture and Civilization

Students are encouraged to study abroad in Paris, in Germany in Leipzig and at the Universities of Hamburg and Tübingen, the Temple University campus in Rome, or on study abroad programs in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir and other Russian cities. Through the Office of International Programs students may also choose to enroll in study abroad programs sponsored by other universities or colleges.