Proud to offer courses, minors, majors, masters, and travel/employment opportunities abroad in these languages:

ArabicChinese | French German | Italian | Japanese Korean | PunjabiSpanish  

Contact Us

Department Office Hours:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

World Languages & Literatures
Mariposa Hall 2051
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6087

Phone: (916) 278-6333
Fax: (916) 278-5502

Welcome to the Department of World Languages & Literatures

Language is a basic skill in communicating with other people, but even more importantly, language is a tool for organizing and generating ideas. Language defines and shapes how we understand the world and ourselves. Different languages give us different perceptions. By learning a new language, you not only discover a new world and make new friends, you also discover a new you!

The Department of World Languages & Literatures at Sacramento State offers a Master of Arts in Spanish, undergraduate majors in Spanish and French, minors in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish, and also offers language classes in Arabic, Korean, and Punjabi. Our undergraduate programs are designed to provide students the opportunity to learn about languages, literatures, and cultures, to broaden cultural understanding, increase language proficiency, and enable them to communicate successfully both in a pluralistic American society and abroad.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of World Languages & Literatures is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about world languages, literatures, and cultures to broaden cultural understanding, increase language proficiency, and enable students to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and abroad.

FOTA is Back!

JPN_Day_2018.jpgFestival of the Arts, the springtime celebration, known colloquially as FOTA, begins Tuesday, April 2. The talents and contributions of Sacramento State’s arts and humanities students and faculty take the spotlight through Sunday, April 7.

Highlights include In the Heights; the annual Sacramento Dance Sampler, featuring a diverse group of Sacramento-area professional dance companies; the annual Student Awards Exhibition; a guest lecture by writer/director Darin Coelho and a reading by author Jamil Jan Kochai, both of whom are Sac State graduates; and the 16th annual Art History Symposium.JPN_Day_2018_02.jpg

U-Create! returns to Seventh & S streets downtown Sacramento from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Student and faculty collaborative endeavors in art presentations, dance, music, student readings and other exhibitions are in the offing as usual, but the event has been moved indoors because of weather considerations, said An Vo, external relations and communications coordinator for the College of Arts & Letters. The Verge Center for the Arts, which lent both of its large spaces this year, and Beatnik Studios host several attractions and serve as event co-hosts. Axis Gallery, which adjoins the Verge, also will feature programmed events.

Capping the week is the popular Family Funday Sunday. The campus welcomes the community from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 7 for family-friendly events, including cultural games and activities from Japan, China and Saudi Arabia. 

– Ahmed V. Ortiz

Family Funday Sunday Schedule

Family Funday Sunday/Japan Day Parking Pass