Degree Programs

Majoring in WLL

Majors are currently available in Chinese, Comparative Literature, German, Japanese, and Russian. Many students combine a major in one of these languages with another major in CAS or in another College. Students who study abroad can often fulfill a good part of the major requirements on the abroad program. Faculty are always happy to talk with students about the advantages of a WLL major and about how to pursue it.

Majors and minors are also available in Asian Studies, European Studies, and Middle East and North African Studies (MENA) through the Pardee School of Global Studies. Students learning Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and/or Turkish can major in Middle East and North Africa Studies. For more information, please see the BA in Middle East and North Africa Studies page. Advising for the major begins in the Pardee School: contact or

There is also a joint major available in Japanese and Linguistics.

The form for declaring a major or minor in WLL is available online.

Minoring in WLL

Always our most popular option. You can minor in any of the languages below by taking just 6 courses beyond the second-year level; Comparative Literature is a 7-course minor. Click below to see specific requirements for each minor:

Keep in mind that if you study abroad, many or all of the courses you take may help to fulfill your minor. Speak to a faculty member in your language for details.

All prospective minors are encouraged to discuss their plans with faculty advisers.