Graduate ProgramWorld Languages and Literature

Degree Details

  • Masters (M)
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    Delivery Method
    On campus

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World Languages and Literature Master's Degree Overview

Become proficient in two foreign languages and gain new insights into the people, traditions, and cultures of the communities and countries where those languages are spoken with PSU's master's degree in World Literature and Language.

The master's in World Literature and Language is a graduate degree with a concentration in a primary language, a secondary language, and linguistics. The primary language may be German or Spanish, and the second language may be Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish.

You'll graduate with effective communication and research skills, knowledge of major theoretical approaches to literature and linguistics, and familiarity with organizations for language professionals that can be beneficial as you pursue doctoral degrees, language teaching, or other careers.

World Languages and Literature Master's Degree: Why PSU?

PSU's master's degree in World Literature and Language is a unique degree that few other universities offer. In our program, you'll be able to focus on two languages in-depth with the benefit of our small class sizes, expert faculty, and active language communities on campus and in the Portland area.

As part of the program, you'll write two research papers, one dealing with the primary language and the other with the secondary language. Both will prepare you well as a scholarly researcher of language and linguistics, whether you plan to continue your education in doctoral studies or launch your career in teaching or another field.

What can I do with a master's degree in World Languages and Literature?

Being able to read, write, and speak multiple foreign languages and having a nuanced understanding of different cultures will make you highly competitive in an increasingly global job market.

Our students have found careers in language teaching, international business, international development, translation, and publishing.