World Languages & Literatures

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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 (FMH 315) is closed, but we are still here to serve you. You can contact faculty and staff directly, contact us at, or stop by our virtual desk (via Zoom), Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 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.


    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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    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.