World Languages and Literatures

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  • Korean Businessman
  • Seal waving
  • Arabic tea set
  • Bowing ladies
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  • Chinese plate
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Department Scholarships Available

Various scholarships are available through the department. Check out the Scholarships page for more information.

Deadline: March 2, 2019

Japan Day

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, students studying Japanese joined the community to celebrate the culture and traditions of Japan.  A lecture by the President of Japan House Los Angeles, Ms. Yuko Kaifu, and a Taiko drum performance by Taiko Project were just two of the many presentations enjoyed.
Join us next year for another great Japan Day.

Performer from Japan Day

Decorative Fans
Demonstration of Japanese Martial Arts

Drum Performance
Students with Japanese Parasols

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Department Offerings

The Department of World Languages & Literatures (WLL) offers a wide variety of courses in the world languages, including American Sign Language, Arabic, French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. Master's degree is available in Spanish (MA); Bachelor's degrees are available in Arabic (BA), French (BA), and Spanish (BA); minors are available in Arabic, French, Japanese, and Spanish, as well as Asian Studies and Latin American Studies.

Our classes will teach you to understand, speak, read and write the language you are studying. Our courses promote an understanding of world civilizations and an appreciation of their literatures. This background will prepare you for jobs in a variety of professions such as international trade, librarian, interpreter, translator, foreign service officer, foreign trade specialist, diplomacy, intelligence, teaching and law enforcement.

Study of another language truly places the world in your hands: you will be prepared to meet and work with people from other cultures. With the advancement of technology and the global marketplace, study of another language enhances job opportunities for everyone. Be prepared for the world of tomorrow by studying another language today.

A Degree in “Foreign Languages, Literature, and Linguistics" Equals Job?

Forbes recently revealed, "The major with the fewest underemployed graduates, according to the report, was “Foreign Languages, Literature, and Linguistics."

In other words, for every cliché of a barista or bartender with a liberal arts degree, there were ten with a degree in business."
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