Department of World Languages & Literatures

Language gives you superpowers.

As language teachers, Pacific’s World Languages and Literature faculty know that speaking another language is not just good for your job prospects and your cognitive health, but is transformative.

Fluency in another language gives you the power to build relationships across cultures and to understand better your own language and culture. We hear stories every year from our alumni about the value of language learning and impact of international travel on their lives.

The Department of World Languages and Literatures seeks to provide the general student with awareness of and sensitivity toward the cultural and linguistic diversity of an increasingly interconnected world. For students specializing in language study, the Dual Languages curriculum teaches proficiency in speaking, writing, reading, and comprehending a modern language. Majors spend a semester or a year in study abroad. The curriculum is designed to ensure mastery of the languages studied through intensive conversational training.

The faculty of the department is diverse and international, with fourteen faculty members representing various countries and cultures. Five languages are represented in the curriculum: Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. The faculty carry out research or creative writing projects, publish regularly, and participate actively in professional organizations.

All courses in the department are open to non-majors who have the appropriate prerequisites. Students are invited to pursue their area of interest within the framework of departmental offerings.

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All first year and new transfer students are invited to apply for the Global Scholars First Year Travel stipend. The stipend offers students a discount of up to $1500 to participate in spring 2020 travel courses to Namibia, Costa Rica, Spain, or Romania. Students with second language proficiency and diverse cultural or linguistic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply by Nov. 1. 

A cartoon graphic of hands signing ASL

For the first time, Pacific University Theatre will feature certified American Sign Language interpreters to sign during the Sunday matinee performance of Orlando. This is an important step for accessibility to events on campus, and one that theatre faculty and staff have long wanted to make a reality.

Capacity Building Program for Study Abroad Grantees Gather at ACTFL 2019

Pacific University has been selected to receive a small grant to support the Global Scholars Program as part of the U.S. Department of State’s 2019 Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad. Pacific University is one of 21 colleges and universities from across the United States selected from over 120 applications to create, expand, and/or diversify American student mobility overseas in support of foreign policy goals. The Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by World Learning.