College of Liberal Arts

Foreign language majors

Interdisciplinary majors

Asian Studies (Chinese and Japanese) Film and Video Studies
Classical Studies (Greek and Latin) Italian Studies
Comparative Literature Jewish Studies (Hebrew)

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers undergraduate courses in language, literature, linguistics, culture, civilization, and film. Instruction is provided in 12 languages, with majors in those listed above. Language clubs and honoraries, language tables in the residence halls, guest lectures, international film series, and theater performances also allow our students to enhance their knowledge and experience of other languages and cultures.

In addition to the six languages offered as majors, Purdue offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, and American Sign Language.

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Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. Many majors require that applicants have completed specific coursework, and all have a suggested minimum GPA. The criteria for this major are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these criteria are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students.

Minimum GPA: 2.2


Contact Information

Undergraduate Student Recruitment Office
Phone: 765-494-6291


The intrinsic mission of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is to promote international understanding while ensuring students the best foreign language education possible. Their skills and cultural awareness will traverse boundaries and borders and help create a true global community for the future. Our students will use their language skills as:

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