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World Languages and Literatures

Outstanding Undergraduate in French: Melissa Dickerson

Melissa Dickerson
Having traveled to many countries over the course of her career, Melissa Dickerson is keenly aware of the personal, academic, and professional benefits of embracing other languages and cultures. As a French major at CSUSB, she has taken every French course available, actively promoted our programs, and repeatedly volunteered as a tutor in the Multimedia Language Center. She has a special knack for building morale, motivating and empowering her fellow students, fostering a warm, positive environment in the classroom. Her aspirations and accomplishments epitomize our University's mission, vision and values, as well as the pride and spirit of our undergraduate student population.

Outstanding Undergraduate in Arabic: Robert Charles Sims III

Robert Sims III
When pondering about a new language to begin studying, Trey found himself tutoring two Iraqi boys who recently immigrated to the US and did not speak any English. Then, he decided to take his first class of Arabic at Riverside City College and he continued his Arabic studies when he transferred here to Cal-State San Bernardino in the fall of 2016. Learning about Arabic language and culture has opened many opportunities for him to impact his community and the world. He has been assisting Syrian refugee families residing in Southern California. He travels to different countries and provides humanitarian aid. Trey is also developing an Arabic creative arts program in Egypt where he is mentoring numerous youth. Trey’s achievements in learning Arabic have been remarkable; he is on his way to achieve advanced proficiency in Arabic and is utilizing his studies of Arabic language, literature, and culture every day to make a difference in his life and the world around him.

Outstanding Graduate Student: Angélica Bañuelos

Angelica Banuelos
Angelica Banuelos has a natural literary curiosity, is ambitious in the tasks she undertakes and is always successful in completing them. She is quite apt in her research skills and goes well beyond what is required of a graduate student and has always demonstrated an honest and sincere interaction with her professors and her fellow students.  Angélica’s strengths are reliability, initiative, dedication and integrity.  She has presented her research at the Tradición y Globalización Latin American International Conference in Cuernavaca, México in August 2016. Ms. Bañuelos is always willing to help her fellow students.

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; Bachelor's degrees are available in Arabic, French, and Spanish; 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.