• <a href="/live/image/gid/70/width/650/86517_World_Languages_Main_image.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86517"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/70/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86517_World_Languages_Main_image.rev.1607731873.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/70/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86517_World_Languages_Main_image.rev.1607731873.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/70/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86517_World_Languages_Main_image.rev.1607731873.jpg" alt="Learning a language other than English opens the mind and broadens one?s sense of culture and his..." width="720" height="690" data-max-w="500" data-max-h="480" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Learning a language other than English opens the mind and broadens one’s sense of culture and history.</div>

We offer students the unique opportunity to study two different languages, with a choice of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Learning a language well is hard work; it requires openness and inquisitiveness toward other cultures, to ways of being and ways of doing things that are different and can feel unfamiliar. Our students demonstrate this curiosity and courage. Our faculty’s research interests range widely, from German eco-fictions to 21st-century French literature to contemporary Latin American social movements to religious iconography in Soviet Russia. Although we believe that the study of languages and literatures is important and worthwhile, we also know that in an increasingly competitive job market, the mastery of a second (or third or fourth) language can be a key advantage.


  • From Portland you have access to so many different landscapes, and for someone like me who craves adventure, it’s super exciting. I’ve also never been to a place that takes its desserts so seriously, but I have had some of the best ice cream in my life here in Portland!

    Juan Carlos Archila BA ’21
    Chicago, Illinois
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  • Don’t pick your school based on a figure from some website; pick your school off of where you think you’ll be happiest and where you want to plant the seeds to start a professional career.

    Cody Bowen-Crosby BA ’22
    Kalispell, Montana
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  • You aren’t going to reach a meaningful solution unless you think carefully and deeply.

    Amy Gore BA ’21
    Seattle, Washington
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