World Languages

For students specializing in language study, the curriculum in the Department of World Languages and Literatures teaches proficiency in speaking, writing and comprehending as well as emphasizing the importance of cultural contexts.

Program Highlights

  • A curriculum ensuring mastery of languages through intensive conversational training
  • An awareness of and sensitivity toward the cultural and linguistic diversity of an increasingly interconnected world
  • A diverse and international faculty representing various countries and cultures who are actively involved in scholarly and professional projects
  • A semester or a year studying abroad
  • Travel courses for learning culture, food, music, film and history
  • Service-learning opportunities
  • A senior thesis project

Five Languages

Majors are available in the following:

  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Modern Languages

Minors are available in the following:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

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In addition, the Center for Languages and International Collaboration (CLIC) a multi-media, interactive, collaborative learning center at Pacific, provides cutting edge language teaching aids. Students studying at the CLIC can use computer-assisted language learning technology to practice their language skills in French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese, matching their speech to that of a native speaker. Interactive language learning programs help students expand their vocabulary by providing language input that can often be hurried in a more typical classroom. Students also have access to print and electronic media from around the world in a minimum of five different languages.

Career-Building Experience

Majors are required to complete 12 semester hours in an accredited program outside the United States, offered in the language in which the student is specializing. Those interested in teaching also get practical experience as mentors teaching at Pacific University or in international settings.