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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Start thinking about study abroad for 2023 and apply today!

The Academic and Career Advising Center is pleased to be hosting the 2nd annual International Opportunities Fair.

Flyer for migration symposium

Pacific University's Latinx Studies Program invites you to a two-day symposium centered on the politics of migration in the United States, as it relates to themes of borders, mobility, citizenship, immigration policy, and belonging.