World Languages and Literatures

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31st Cervantes Symposium

CSU Northridge, in collaboration with CSU San Bernardino, hosted the 31st Cervantes Symposium. It consisted of outstanding presentations by well regarded Cervantist, as well as junior scholars. CSUN graduate students also shared their research topics for their Don Quixote graduate class in a group panel. Six Spanish graduate students from CSUSB traveled nearly 80 miles to attend the symposium. Thanks to the presenters and students for their engaging commentary.

Many thanks to Dr. Adrian Pérez-Boluda and CSUN Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures for hosting such a delightful symposium. Our gratitute also to the CSUSB College of Arts and Letters, and World Languages and Literatures department for their support. 

By such innovations are languages enriched, when the words are adopted by the multitude, and naturalized by custom.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Attendees of Cervantes Symposium

Tenure Track Position Open

The Department of World Languages and Literatures invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature that begins in September 2019.

For details and application, please visit Government Jobs.

Japanese Instructor Part-time Temporary Pool Open

The Department of World Languages and Literatures invites applications for Japanese Instructors.  For requirements and how to apply, please read the Japanese Instructor Part-time Temporary Pool announcement.

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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.

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