World Languages and Literatures

Alumni Spotlight - Ashley Davidson-Fisher

Alumna Ashley Davidson-Fisher
Ashley Davidson-Fisher is a graduate of California State University- San Bernardino’s Department of World Languages and Literatures. In 2006 she received a Bachelor of Arts in French for both the Business Track and the Culture Studies Track. As part of her studies, she participated in the Foreign Languages Department Study Abroad Program in Aix-en-Provence from 2003 to 2005 at the Université de Droit, D’Economie et des Sciences D’Aix Marseille III Institut D’Etudes Française pour Etudiants Etrangers.

Since 2010, Ashley, her husband, and their youngest daughter have lived in Provence, France. She is the Director of Operations for an international biotech company specializing in the research and diagnosis of leukemia and lymphoma.  La Petite Josette en Provence is her first book. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Group photo at Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at CSUSB

On October 6th, Acto Latino and its members participated in the city of Fontana's  Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Acto Latino among 20 vendors, Community Colleges, community clubs, artists, and more were able to promote the diversity of the Hispanic Culture and represent the WLL department and university through community outreach. Students were able to engage with the community and promote the Department of World Languages and Literatures along with CSUSB at the annual Gran Fiesta.

Actor from play
On October 9th, Acto Latino performed two plays in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. El Cruce de los Suneños is an original piece created from the real immigration experiences of Acto Latino students and relatives.  Los Vendidos is an adaptation of an original play by Luis Valdez.  If you missed it, check out their repeat performance on November 9, 2018.

On October 11th, Acto Latino and Los amigos Spanish club also had the opportunity to participate in the Hispanic Serving Institution Student Showcase with the intention of recruiting students and highlighting minority serving organizations. The clubs tabled and interacted with about 175 students, as we celebrated CSUSB being a Minority and Hispanic Serving Institute. (We ran out of flyers and candy as well.)

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.

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."
Grad cap decorated in French stating Impossible is not French

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