Language Studies

Faculty and Staff List

C Chen, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Z. Mian, B.A., M.A., A.M., Ph.D.
P. Robles-García, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
A. Taleghani, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Interim Chair, Department of Language Studies
Professor Salvatore Bancheri
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, 4th floor (Room TBA)

Program Co-ordinator - Languages
To be announced
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, 4th floor (Room TBA)

Academic Advisor & Undergraduate Program Administrator
Rosa Ciantar
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 4186

Undergraduate Program Assistant
Jester Manansala
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 4156


With the endeavor of enhancing the undergraduate academic experience of U of T Mississauga students, the Department of Language Studies offers a variety of undergraduate level language courses that can be taken as electives. These language courses offer the opportunity to expand students' professional skills, and to better prepare them for graduate study as well as a competitive global market.

Students can request a notation on their academic record of language proficiency. The Language Citation at the University of Toronto Mississauga is official recognition on a student's transcript that the student has progressed to an advanced level in the study of a language, and has been assessed as achieving "good" results in that study. For further information see Experiential and International Opportunities or visit the Department of Language Studies website at

All students who are enrolling in an ARA, CHI, HIN, PUN, SPA, and URD course for the first time are required to complete a language assessment questionnaire. Students who have not completed an assessment cannot be approved for course enrolment. Please visit the department website for further details.

Language Studies Programs

Global Leadership – Minor (Arts)

Global Leadership – Minor (Arts)

Now, more than ever, the world needs principled, inclusive, and empathetic global leaders. The Minor in Global Leadership, facilitated in partnership between multiple Faculties across all three U of T campuses, develops students’ collaborative global leadership skills and capacity to critique what is global leadership and how this concept is understood and challenged in diverse disciplines and global cultures. The Minor integrates theory and practice, and provides a forum for students to engage across disciplines and geographical contexts. The Minor includes interdivisional student experience, community engagement and completion of a globally partnered capstone project.

Enrolment Requirements:

Enrolment in the Minor in Global Leadership is limited. Students will be able to apply to the program after completing 4.0 credits (but no more than 6.0 credits) and must have achieved a minimum average GPA of 2.7 across their best 3.0 credits completed.

In addition, students must submit a separate application. Please see the Minor in Global Leadership website for more information.

NOTE: The GPA cut-off for admission is determined annually in relation to the number and quality of the applicants. It is never below 2.7 across the best 3.0 credits. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Completion Requirements:

4.0 credits are required.

  • GLB201H5
  • GLBC01H3 (offered at the UTSC campus)
  • GLB401Y1 (offered at the St. George campus)
  • 2.0 credits, as follows:
    • One course (0.5-1.0 credit) from the Communication and Cultural Competencies course list (below); and
    • Remaining credits to total 2.0 credits (1.0-1.5 credits) from Leadership; Global Issues; and/ or Ethics/ Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion course lists (below).

Leadership: ANT215H5 or ANT300H5 or ANT352H5 or EDS210H5 or ENV201H5 or HIS311H5 or MGT260H5 or MGT463H5 or POL343Y5

Global Issues: EDS310H5 or ENG273H5 or ENV310H5 or ENV311H5 or GGR329H5 or GGR363H5 or GGR387H5 or HIS330H5 or HIS323H5 or HIS364H5 or HIS425H5 or JEP356H5 or SOC304H5 or SOC354H5 or SOC382H5 or RLG314H5

Ethics/Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: EDS220H5 or ENG274H5 or HIS386H5 or JAL355H5 or POL355Y5 or POL368H5 or PSY320H5 or SOC358H5 or SOC388H5 or RLG314H5 or WGS335H5 or WGS367H5 or WGS420H5

Communication and Cultural Competencies: ARA212Y5 or CHI103H5 or CHI104H5 or FSL105H5 or FSL106H5 or GER100Y5 or HIN211H5 or HIN212H5 or ITA100Y5 or PUN212Y5 or SPA100Y5 or URD212Y5
** The Communication & Cultural Competencies requirement must be fulfilled in a language that is not the student’s first/ native language.


Certificate in Global Perspectives

Certificate in Global Perspectives

The Certificate in Global Perspectives will provide students the opportunity to examine issues from different cultural, economic and socio-political perspectives, and provide an
interdisciplinary or disciplinary global lens through which to interpret and evaluate our interconnected world.

Enrolment in the Certificate in Global Perspectives is open to all students completing programs at UTM. To complete the Certificate, a student must complete 2.0 credits, with 1.0 credit taken from a single region (the Americas, Asia, Africa & the Middle East, Europe) defined in the Area Studies group of courses and 1.0 credit from the Global Perspectives group of courses. Students will complete the certificate within their degree credit requirements. Upon completion "Certificate in Global Perspectives (U of T Global Scholar)" will be recorded on the academic transcript as a component of the undergraduate degree. Students who complete the requirements of the Certificate in Global Perspectives are considered University of Toronto Global Scholars. Students will not receive a separate parchment at Convocation.

Enrolment Requirements:

Enrolment in the Certificate in Global Perspectives is open to all students completing programs at UTM.

Completion Requirements:

2.0 credits are required.

  1. 1.0 credit to be chosen from the following Global Perspective group of courses:
    ANT102H5, ANT206H5, ANT207H5, ANT208H5, ANT209H5, ANT215H5, ANT217H5, ANT322H5, ANT335H5, ANT350H5, ANT351H5, ANT352H5, ANT354H5, ANT357H5, ANT360H5, ANT362H5, ANT365H5, ANT368H5, ANT369H5, ANT370H5, ANT462H5, ANT463H5, ANT464H5, CIN303H5, CIN308H5, CIN207H5, CIN208H5, CIN305H5, DRE121H5, DTS201H5, DTS202H5, ECO302H5, ECO303H5, ECO435H5, EDS220H5, EDS310H5, ENV205H5, ERS111H5, FAH343H5, FAH356H5, FAH282H5, FAH281H5, FAH215H5, FAH216H5, FAH274H5, FAH279H5, FAH287H5, FAH385H5, GGR207H5, GGR208H5, GGR214H5, GGR288H5, GGR287H5, GGR377H5, JAL355H5, JGE378H5, LIN233H5, LIN357H5, LIN486H5, POL114H5, POL218Y5, POL327Y5, POL340Y5, POL303Y5, SOC202H5, SOC206H5, SOC236H5, SOC253H5, SOC304H5, SOC322H5, SOC327H5, SOC335H5, SOC343H5, SOC349H5, SOC354H5, SOC375H5, SOC382H5, SOC403H5, SOC417H5, SOC425H5, SOC432H5, SOC454H5, SOC465H5, SOC485H5, VCC306H5.
  2. 1.0 credit to be chosen from only ONE of the following Area Studies groups:

    Africa & Middle East - ARA210H5, CIN208H5, ENG270Y5, FAH281H5, FRE391H5, FRE397H5, HIS201H5, HIS295H5, HIS323H5, HIS325H5, HIS384H5, HIS203H5, RLG204H5.

    Americas - ANT241H5, ANT317H5, EDS250H5, ENG274H5, ENG250Y5, FAH282H5, FRE241H5, FRE361H5, HIS263Y5, HIS367H5, HIS370H5, HIS390H5, HIS393H5, POL111H5, POL203Y5, POL214H5, POL355Y5, RLG209H5, SPA235H5, SPA275H5, VCC236H5, WGS335H5.

    Asia - ANT313H5, ANT316H5, CHI308H5, CIN207H5, CIN215H5, CIN305H5, ECO435H5, FAH385H5, GGR267H5, HIS282H5, HIS283H5, HIS284H5, HIS378H5, HIS387H5, POL304Y5, RLG205H5, RLG360H5, RLG310H5, RLG207H5, RLG210H5, VCC360H5, WGS345H5.

    Europe - CLA231H5, CLA230H5, FAH215H5, FAH216H5, FAH274H5, FAH279H5, FAH287H5, FRE240H5, HIS230H5, HIS236H5, HIS250H5, HIS338H5, HIS339H5, ITA246H5, ITA307H5, LIN369H5.


Language Studies Courses

GLB201H5 • Global Leadership: Past, Present, Futures

The evolution and exercise of leadership is examined in the context of globalization. Terminology, case studies, and practical examples are used to consider questions such as: Why did globalization become a dominant frame? How have narratives of globalization changed over time? How does late 20th century globalization differ from earlier processes of colonization? What are expectations going forward? The assumed scale of globalization and how it manifests differently in various geographies, societies, and contexts is assessed. Students reflect on the uneven experiences of globalization in their own lives, communities, and worlds they observe and pass through. Students challenge ideas of how good leadership is conceived, the dynamics that are assumed (e.g., leaders and followers), and who/what might be left out (e.g., gender, race, class), today and in the future.

This course may include one required in-person meeting for all students. This will occur outside of the normal schedule at the beginning of the course.

Prerequisites: Completion of 4.0 credits.
Enrolment Limits: Priority is given to students enrolled in the tri-campus Global Leadership Minor program.

Distribution Requirement: Social Science, Humanities
Total Instructional Hours: 14L/24T
Mode of Delivery: Online, Hybrid

PUN212Y5 • Introductory Punjabi

An introduction to the Punjabi language and is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Punjabi. Basic grammatical structures and conversational skills will be introduced as well as the gurmukhi script in which Punjabi is most commonly written. Contextual background about the history of Punjabi and the various contexts in which it has been used will also be discussed in class.

Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Total Instructional Hours: 72L/24P
Mode of Delivery: In Class

SAN291Y5 • Introductory Sanskrit

This course introduces students to the basic grammar of the classical Sanskrit language. Students will engage with its phonology (including pronunciation, sandhi, and metrics) and morphology (including word formation, nominal declension, and verbal conjugation). Students will apply their grammatical knowledge and analytic skills to the reading of basic Sanskrit texts. By the end of the course, students will be able to read simple, narrative Sanskrit.

Exclusions: SAN390H5 or SAN391H5 or RLG260Y1 or RLG260H1 or RLG263H1

Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Total Instructional Hours: 72L/24P
Mode of Delivery: In Class

SAN392Y5 • Intermediate Sanskrit

This course is a continuation of Introductory Sanskrit. It deepens students' knowledge of the phonology, morphology, and syntax of classical Sanskrit using both western and Indian linguistic terminology as descriptive devices. Students will apply their deeper grammatical knowledge and sharpened analytic skills to the reading of a variety of Sanskrit genres. This course counts towards LIN Major and Minor programs.

Prerequisites: (SAN291Y5 or RLG260Y1) and RLG260H1 and RLG263H1.
Exclusions: (SAN390H5 and SAN391H5) or (RLG359H1 and RLG360H1)

Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Total Instructional Hours: 72L/24P
Mode of Delivery: In Class

URD212Y5 • Introduction to Urdu

This course is for students who have no background knowledge in Urdu. The course provides students with basic information about the Urdu language paying particular attention to literacy skills, i.e. reading and writing in Urdu. Students start by learning how to write and pronounce the alphabet and how to connect letters to form new words. Then, they learn basic vocabulary in Urdu in order to express basic ideas orally and in writing. By the end of the course, students should be able to write simple sentences to express basic information, and they should be able to conduct basic conversations in Urdu. All students MUST complete the Urdu Language Assessment Questionnaire (…) before enrolling in URD course for the FIRST time.

Prerequisites: All students who are enrolling in an URD language course for the first time MUST complete the Urdu Language Assessment Questionnaire ((…).

Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Total Instructional Hours: 72L/24P
Mode of Delivery: In Class

URD312Y5 • Intermediate Urdu

In this course, students will continue developing skills in spoken and written Urdu with the study of more complex grammar. Students will continue to build vocabulary and advance their ability in literary and colloquial forms of the language. Students who have not completed the listed prerequisite of URD212Y5 are REQUIRED to complete the Urdu Language Assessment Questionnaire (…) by no later than August 29th. Late assessment submissions will not be accepted.

Prerequisites: URD212Y5 or appropriate language level as indicated by the Urdu Language Assessment Questionnaire ((…).

Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Total Instructional Hours: 72L/24P
Mode of Delivery: In Class

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