College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

World Languages & Literatures

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Faculty Office Hours for Current Term

New! Tutoring services for 100- and 200-level language students! Click here for more info!


Virtual Front Desk: Have a question? Need help? Stop by our virtual front desk (via Zoom), weekdays 9 AM to 5 PM. You can also email us anytime at

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PLEASE NOTE: The Department of World Languages and Literatures (FMH 315) will be physically closed until further notice while staff work remotely. Please visit our directoryvirtual front desk (M-F 9 AM - 5 PM), or email


Thrive in today's global world

PSU's Department of World Languages and Literatures plays a central role in preparing students to function in the global community. We offer courses in 17 languages, and our classes are designed to help you develop proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking for eventual use in a broad variety of real-world settings.

COVID-19 Update: Our physical office is closed, but we are still here to serve you. You can contact faculty and staff directly, email us at, or leave a voicemail at 503-725-3522, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Our business hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

We Stand Against Racism

Our department reaffirms its commitment to working toward a more just, inclusive, participatory, and anti-racist society. Read our statement.

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Degree Programs

Undergraduate Majors and Minors

  • Majors: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish
  • Minors: American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Chinese, Classical Studies, French, German, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, and Spanish
  • Certificates: Intercultural Competence for the Workplace, Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, and World Languages Pedagogy

Graduate Programs

  • MA in German, Japanese, and Spanish
  • MA in World Languages and Literatures

Get an Edge

Add a minor in World Languages to your degree. No matter what you are majoring in, adding a minor in a foreign language will spice up your resume and will boost your chance of getting a job. Employers love to hire multilingual people in any profession.

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Stay Connected with WLL

Polyglot, our departmental newsletter, is produced twice a year and keeps our alumni, family and friends up-to-date on what's going on with the WLL community.