Because we believe that language is central to that ability, we offer instruction in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Ancient and Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, and Turkish. The Department is committed to teaching for proficiency. All of our language classes are designed to develop functional skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking for eventual use in a broad variety of real-world settings.
We offer undergraduate majors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish; minor programs in the above languages and in Italian, Persian, Turkish, and Classical Studies. We also have a Certificate in Advanced Proficiency in Russian and a Certificate in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language.
At the graduate level, we offer the M.A. in World Languages and Literatures with a major in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish; the M.A.T. in French, German, or Spanish; and the M.A. in World Literature and Language, with a concentration in two foreign languages.
Department of World Languages & Literatures
Street Address: Neuberger Hall, Room 491
Portland State University
724 SW Harrison St.
Portland OR 97201
Main Office Hours: 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday