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On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of World Languages & Literatures, I want you to know that your health, safety and education are our highest concerns. 

Dr. George Thomas

Department Chair


Japanese Instructor Position Open

The Department of World Languages and Literatures at California State University, San Bernardino is seeking a Part-time Instructor to teach a three-unit section of JAPN 2900, Japanese Literature in English, and/or a three-unit section of JAPN 3900, Voices & Visions from the World of Japanese Anime and Manga, in the FALL 2020 semester and/or the Spring 2021 semester. Both courses are General Education courses, taught in English, and offered as fully online courses. On campus instruction is NOT required.

For details, please view the job description.

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, KoreanChinese, and Spanish. Master's degree is available in Spanish (MA); Bachelor's degrees are available in Arabic (BA)French (BA), and Spanish (BA); minors are available in ArabicFrenchJapanese, 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.


Explore some of the publications from our talented Department.

Why Learn a Language

Language Learning Opens a World of Opportunities

Learn how knowing a second (or third!) language gives you a boost up the ladder to success.
Top Ten Reasons to Learn Languages

Guy jumping gap to a stone work that simply says JOB

History has taught us the value of foreign languages

Have we learned our lesson?

A Degree in “Foreign Languages, Literature, and Linguistics" Equals Job?

In a May 2018 report, Forbes 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."

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