Jun 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of World Languages and Literatures

Office: Clark Hall 421

Telephone: 408-924-4602

Email: world-languages@sjsu.edu

Website: www.sjsu.edu/wll


Damian Bacich, Chair
Jean-Luc Desalvo
Romey Sabalius
Yasue K. Yanai

Associate Professors

Vanessa Fernández
Eleanor Marsh
Cheyla Samuelson
Chunhui Peng

Assistant Professors

Avizia Long
Ruby Ramírez
Ángel Ruiz Blanco
Michiko Uryu


Connect with the world. Study abroad. Become multilingual. Deepen your understanding of other cultures. Read great works of literature. The Department of World Languages and Literatures helps students communicate effectively and thrive in a global context. Our programs are multifaceted, our faculty and students are multicultural, our curriculum is international.

We offer majors and minors in four of the most widely spoken languages in the world: Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, French, and Spanish, and an M.A. program in Spanish. We also offer language minors in International Business, Italian, Portuguese, German, Asian Studies and Latin American Studies, and a single subject teaching credential program in French, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

We offer language and culture courses in Hebrew, Filipino/Tagalog, Russian and Vietnamese. Our graduates work as teachers, executives, translators, interpreters, civil servants, journalists, and hold many other occupations in global business and finance.

Language Proficiency

The appropriate level of proficiency in the language of study is required of candidates for a teaching credential and is a prerequisite for enrollment in any graduate course.


    Undergraduate Major(s)

    Undergraduate Minor(s)



    Two types of certificates are available: Advanced Certificates  and Basic Certificates . The description of each certificate program identifies the type of certificate. 


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