About World Languages and Literatures

Mission: The Department of World Languages and Literatures plays a central role in preparing the students of Portland State University to function in the global community.

Because we believe that language is central to that ability, we offer instruction in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Vietnamese. 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.

Programs: We offer undergraduate majors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish; minor programs in the above languages and in American Sign Language, 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.

Office Location: The offices for World Languages and Literatures are now located in Fariborz Maseeh Hall at 1855 SW Broadway, Suite 315.

Department of World Languages & Literatures
Phone: 503-725-3522
Fax: 503-725-5276
Email: world@pdx.edu

Street Address: 

Fariborz Maseeh Hall, Suite 315
Portland State University
1855 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 
Main Office Hours: 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday 


World Languages and Literatures
wishes to thank the
Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation
for its continued support of
Swedish language courses at PSU