About World Languages and Literatures

World Languages faculty sit together in a group inside the Student Union

Our mission statement

Our mission is to promote the diversity of world cultures by offering an educational experience that gives graduate and undergraduate students not just a window to the world, but a passkey to understanding and communicating with its peoples in meaningful and useful ways. To that end, all of our faculty members aim to excel in teaching and to provide distinguished service to the University, even as our graduate faculty members aspire to make significant scholarly, creative and entrepreneurial contributions to their fields.

The department offers an M.A. in Spanish, a B.A. in French, a multitrack B.A. in Spanish, a dual degree in Secondary Education and French or Spanish, minors in Arabic Language and Middle Eastern Cultures, Chinese Studies, French, Italian Studies, Japanese, Spanish (multitrack), Spanish Translation, and basic language courses in German, and Paiute, as well as interdisciplinary minors in Basque Studies, International Affairs, International Business and Latin American Studies.

While our scope is decidedly global, it also aims to be locally engaged. For example, in recognition of the growing Spanish-speaking population in Nevada, we offer Latinx and Spanish heritage speakers courses designed specifically for them, enhancing their appreciation of the gift that their identity, language skills and all that their cultural heritage brings to the world.

We foster discovery, creativity and the advancement of knowledge and mutual understanding in all of the courses we teach. While our research encompasses many approaches to culture, literature, linguistics and the digital humanities, we are also strong advocates of engagement, diversity, service learning, interdisciplinary (including advocacy of dual majors and dual degrees) and entrepreneurial activities that are related to our many fields of expertise.

The department's excellent placement record attests to its commitment to the intellectual and professional formation of its graduate and undergraduate students. We aim to produce global citizens who are locally engaged and culturally savvy.