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, Ancient Greek, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish 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, Turkish, 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 the Stratford Building, Room 112, at 1609 SW 10th (on the corner of SW 10th and SW Market).


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

Street Address: Stratford Hall, Room 112
Portland State University
1609 SW 10th Ave
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