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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Lorely French, Professor of World Languages, was named as a panelist for the 2020 Gypsy Lore Society Conference on Romani Studies.

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.