Department of World Languages and Literatures

Helping students to master another language and immersing them in the culture that they study.

Join the exhilarating community of peers who are well-traveled, culturally aware and who can speak multiple languages. The World Languages and Literatures Department welcomes all students with prior knowledge of a second language or not and gives them the opportunity to converse and better understand others. A language degree opens up numerous career opportunities in a variety of fields where language skills and culture are valued. The World Languages and Literatures Department helps students to master another language and immerses them in the culture of which they study. Students who graduate from the program are able to communicate effectively with indigenous people and are culturally aware of their behaviors.

World Languages & Literatures news

Student holding up Argentina cardboard frame

Faces of the Pack: University alumna receives Fulbright Student Scholar Grant

Natalie Van Hoozer travels abroad to Argentina to pursue passion for connecting Spanish- and English-speaking communities

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson and recent alumna Christina Thomas celebrate the American Indian & Alaska Native Graduate Celebration in May 2019. Johnson is wearing commencement regalia, and Thomas is in traditional Paiute garb.

University of Nevada, Reno offers first-ever Paiute language course

Preserving and revitalizing the Great Basin indigenous language of Numu

Chinese instructor leans over shoulder of young student to help with assignment at table

University’s Chinese STARTALK program teaches grade school children for third year

The world languages and literatures department hosts middle and high school students on campus for three-week Chinese summer program