Graduate Program World Languages and Literature

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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, Chinese, 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.

Degree Details


  • M
    Masters
    Delivery Method
    On campus
    Total Credits
    60
    Start Term
    Any

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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.

Requirements

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

A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete the World Languages and Literature master's degree. 40 of which must be earned in residence, distributed among the following areas:

Primary Language

  • WLL 560 Principles of Scholarly Research
  • Eight graduate credits chosen from WLL 551, 552, 553
  • Other advisor-approved 500-level courses

Secondary Language

  • Eight graduate credits chosen from WLL 511, 512, 514, 516, 517
  • 12 graduate credits chosen from 500-level Literature (may not include Literature in Translation)

 

Linguistics and Methods

12 graduate credits chosen from the list below or other advisor-approved courses:

  • WLL 593 Language Proficiency Testing and Teaching
  • WLL 598 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages
  • FR 590 History of the French Language
  • GER 584 German Stylistics
  • GER 594 German Linguistics
  • GER 597 Applied German Linguistics
  • JPN 552 Japanese Language and Linguistics
  • JPN 577 Teaching Japanese As a Foreign Language
  • JPN 578 Teaching Japanese As a Foreign Language
  • JPN 594 Japanese Sociolinguistics
  • SPAN 590 History of the Spanish Language
  • SPAN 594 Spanish Linguistics
  • SPAN 597 Applied Spanish Linguistics
  • SPAN 598 Spanish Syntax

Accreditation

Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).