World Languages & Literatures

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Congratulations to the Class of 2020!


































PLEASE NOTE: The Department of World Languages and Literatures (FMH 315) is closed until further notice while staff work remotely. Our administrative staff is currently on furlough and our new business hours are Monday - Thursday 8 AM - 5 PM. For assistance, please email us at or leave a voicemail at 503-725-3522 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.



The Department of World Languages and Literatures prepares students to participate in a wide array of intercultural contexts and communities to achieve linguistic and communicative proficiency, and to develop skills in research and critical inquiry. 

Programs: We offer undergraduate majors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish; minor programs in the above languages and in Modern Hebrew, Italian, Persian,  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 and the M.A. in World Literature and Language, with a concentration in two world languages.

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