Apr 16, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 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

Associate Professors

Eleanor Marsh
Yasue K. Yanai

Assistant Professors

Vanessa Fernandez
Avizia Long
Chunhui Peng
Ruby Ramirez
Cheyla Samuelson
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, 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 Assyrian, Hebrew, Filipino/Tagalog, Russian and Vietnamese, as well as classes in Greek and Latin. Our graduates work as teachers, executives, translators, interpreters, civil servants, journalists, and hold many other occupations in global business and finance.

Proficiency Examination

A proficiency examination in the language is required of candidates for a teaching credential and is a prerequisite for enrollment in any graduate course.


    Undergraduate Major(s)

    Undergraduate Minor(s)



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