Undergraduate programs

World Language B.A.

The Department of World Languages and Literatures offers undergraduate majors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. An undergraduate world language major must complete 32 upper-division credits (numbered 300 or higher) in language, literature and culture, an additional 8 credits in 400-level language and literature courses (excluding 401-410), 8 credits in adviser-approved electives, and 4 credits in linguistics (Ling 390, WLL 390, or a linguistics course in the target language). French and Spanish majors must include a minimum of two courses from the 341, 342, 343, 344, 345 sequence and a minimum of 16 400-level credits in their total program.



Language, literature, and culture (32 credits)

(in Fr and Span this must include two courses from the 341-342-343-344-345 sequence and at least 8 400-level credits)

400-level courses in the major language (8 credits)

(excluding 401-410)

Adviser-approved electives (8 credits)

Linguistics (4 credits)

WLL 390Languages of the World


Ling 390Introduction to Linguistics



a linguistics course in the major language

Total Credit Hours: 52

  • Before being admitted to 400-level courses, students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency at a level determined by the individual language program.
  • No more than 8 credits of courses numbered 404 (Cooperative Education) may be counted toward the major.
  • 20 of the required 52 credits must be taken in residence at PSU (excludes credit by exam but includes study abroad credit from PSU approved programs).
  • All courses used to satisfy major requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher. (C- and P are not acceptable.) Students majoring in a world language must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50 on all courses used to satisfy the major requirements.