Graduate Degree Programs
The Department of World Languages and Literatures offers degree programs leading to the M.A. in World Language with a major in French, German, Japanese or Spanish; and the M.A. in World Languages and Literatures, with a concentration in two world languages and in linguistics. This page also lists other programs and certificates that are available.
Master of Arts in French, German, Japanese or Spanish
The M.A. is a graduate degree with a major in French, German, Japanese or Spanish language and literature. This degree is available with a thesis or a nonthesis option. The thesis option is generally recommended for students who intend eventually to obtain a doctorate. The nonthesis option is often appropriate for those who intend to use their M.A. coursework as direct preparation for secondary school teaching or another career. Students should consult with their adviser to determine the best option.
Admission to the Program
Applicants for admission must meet the University admissions requirements as well as the following departmental requirements:
Note: The student's program may include, with adviser's approval a maximum of 12 credits in 501 and/or 505 and a maximum of 9 credits in 508 and/or 509 combined.
In addition to the required coursework, the candidate will have to:
Master of Arts in World Languages and Literatures (M.A. in W.L.L.)
The M.A. in World Literature and Language is a graduate degree with concentration in a primary language, a secondary language, and linguistics. The primary language may be French, German, Japanese or Spanish; the secondary language may be Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish.
Admission to the Program.
Applicants for admission must meet the University admission requirements, as well as the following additional requirements:
A minimum of 60 credits, of which 40 must be earned in residence distributed among the 3 following areas:
Certificate in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (TJFL)
This program is designed to familiarize participants with principles of instructional methods in teaching Japanese to speakers of languages whose orthography is not kanji-based. It is designed to fit into the programs of majors in a wide variety of fields, including Japanese, education, linguistics, and the social sciences. Candidates may enroll as postbaccalaureate students or while completing undergraduate degree requirements in another field.
Students whose proficiency is lower may be provisionally admitted; they will need to study Japanese while taking other courses in the certificate program.
All courses used to satisfy certificate course requirements must be graded C or above.
Secondary Education Program
Students who wish to teach a world language in Oregon secondary schools must be admitted into the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) in Portland State’s Graduate School of Education and complete the requirements for an Oregon Teaching License. Admission to GTEP as a world language specialist requires a bachelor’s degree in a world language taught in Oregon schools, and the recommendation of the Department of world Languages and Literatures. For other criteria, please refer to the Graduate School of Education section of the Bulletin.
In order to be recommended by the department, the applicant must have:
The Department of world Languages and Literatures highly recommends that applicants earn upper-division credits in their chosen language beyond the minimum of 52 required; that they spend time in a relevant program abroad; and that their coursework include as many of the following as possible: Phonetics, General Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Culture and Civilization, Practicum, and Methods of Teaching World Languages.
Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik
Graduate credits earned in German through the Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik can be accepted as in residence credit at Portland State University only if taken after formal admission to the M.A. in World Language program in German, to the M.A. in World Literature and Language, or to the M.A.T. or the M.A.T. with initial license in German. Graduate credit earned at the DSaP prior to admission to either program is normally limited to 15 credits, in accordance with the University’s transfer regulations.
An M.A. degree in German earned solely by attendance at the Sommerschule normally entails four summers’ work plus thesis. You can find more information about the program at the Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik web page.
Graduate Forms & Printable Information
(you can find more graduate forms at the Graduate Studies Office website)
Disclaimer: The purpose of this webpage is to help the student understand the requirements set forth in the Bulletin and in no way supercedes the authority of the Bulletin.