World Languages & Literatures
Faculty: Chinese French German Japanese Spanish Modern Languages
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. The curriculum is designed to improve the proficiency in speaking, writing, reading, and comprehending a modern language. 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.
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.
Students select a major in French, German Studies, Japanese, Spanish or Dual Language. The Dual Language Major allows students to concentrate in French, German, Japanese, Spanish as a primary language, and French, German, Japanese, Spanish or Chinese as a secondary language. Majors are required to complete 8-12 semester credits in an accredited program outside the United States, offered in the language in which the student is specializing. Pacific students may apply their financial aid awards to foreign study undertaken through the Study Abroad program of the department. (For more information on studying abroad, see International Programs.)
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.
For information about language courses, the major, or the Study Abroad program, contact the Department of World Languages & Literatures Chair.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates, who major in French, German Studies, Japanese, Spanish or Dual Language, will be able to:
- demonstrate linguistic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing equivalent to ACTFL Advanced Mid; communicate effectively on a wide variety of present, past, and future events; exchange general information on topics outside their fields of interest; and handle a complication or unexpected turn of events
- evaluate major literary, intellectual or historical trends of the cultures of concentration
- identify an interdisciplinary or disciplinary understanding of cultural diversity
- apply appropriate research methods to a senior thesis or a capstone project in the language of specialization
World Languages & Literatures Majors
Majors in World Languages & Literatures must complete all courses with a grade of C- or better.
Students enter the sequence at a level appropriate to their previous preparation and may be exempt from up to 16 credits of the major requirement of lower-division credit unless otherwise noted.
World Languages & Literatures Minors
Students interested in a minor are urged to consult with the professor of the language they wish to pursue. Those who enter with previous foreign language training may be exempt from a maximum of 8 credits of the minor requirement. Students entering the sequence at the 300-level in Chinese, French, German or Japanese complete a minimum of 16 credits selected from upper-division offerings.
A student minoring in any language taught at Pacific must complete all courses with a grade of C- or better.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsMinor