UO Language Departments, Centers, and Programs

The Yamada Language Center works with a number of departments and centers at the University of Oregon to help students and community members learn other languages. The links below lead to some of the programs that utilize the Yamada Center's resources and technology. 

Language & Literature Language Teaching International Opportunities Research Centers
Arabic Studies                             American English Institute  (AEI)   International Studies Program         Center for Applied Second Languages (CASLS)                   
Comparative Literature Program Linguistics International Affairs (Study Abroad, Int'l  Student Services) Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) 
Classics Department World Languages Academy Mills International Center Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI) 
East Asian Languages & Literatures (EALL)     Oregon Humanities Center 
German and Scandinavian     Global Oregon
Judaic Studies      
Romance Languages      
Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES)      

American English Institute (AEI)- The American English Institute has provided intensive English language instruction since 1977 to international students who want to enter American Universities or learn English for personal or professional reasons.

Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) - CASLS is a National Foreign Language Resource Center promoting international literacy by supporting communities of educators and by partnering with those communities to develop a comprehensive system of proficiency-based tools for lifelong language learning and teaching.

Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) - The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Oregon represents the state's principal resource for the study of Asia and the Pacific. The center's affiliated faculty members are engaged in teaching and research on the peoples, histories, languages, cultural traditions, economies, and societal transformations of East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Comparative Literature Program - The field of comparative literature explores the nature of literature and related cultural productions. It considers but is not limited by the national and linguistic borders around, say, English, German, or Japanese literature; instead, its horizon is defined only by the questions being asked. What is literature? Why do societies invest more value in some works than in others? How can we read the literature of the past with both historical tact and attention to the issues we care about in the present day?

Classics Department - The field of classics embraces all aspects of Greek and Roman culture from the prehistoric to the medieval period. The study of the Greek and Latin languages is essential to the discipline.

East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) - Through its many programs the department offers bachelor's degrees in Chinese and Japanese, master's and doctoral degrees in the Japanese and Chinese literatures, and master's and doctoral degrees in Japanese Language Pedagogy.

Department of German and Scandinavian - The Department offers programs in German and Scandinavian. We teach a wide variety of literature, culture and film courses as well as language courses in Danish, Finnish, German, Norwegian, and Swedish.

Oregon Humanities Center - An interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the promotion of the humanities through supporting humanities research; encouraging the development of innovative interdisciplinary humanities courses; and presenting free public programs in the humanities on campus, in the local community, and throughout Oregon.

Mills International Center -The Mills International Center is a meeting place for the world. As a catalyst for international experiences, we provide guidance and information via human, print, cyber and electronic resources. The site of weekly coffee hours, film series, and much more.

International Studies Program - An interdisciplinary program emphasizing cross-cultural understanding, environmental issues, and international development.

Judaic Studies - The Judaic Studies undergraduate program consists of a core of courses taught under the JDST and REL (Religious Studies) subject codes and a broad range of related courses taught in the disciplines of participating faculty members, including anthropology, art history, comparative literature, English, geography, Germanic languages and literatures, landscape architecture, music, philosophy, political science, Romance languages, sociology, and women's studies.

Linguistics - The linguistics program at the University of Oregon is functional in orientation and quite active in the study of little-known languages. It is also strongly concerned with cognitive issues in linguistics and language use and is active in the study of discourse. Applied linguistics at the University of Oregon focuses on second language acquisition, but with coursework also available on language teaching methodologies.

Northwest Indian Language Institute - NILI helps create the opportunity for Native people to restore their languages of heritage to a central place in their communities and to create the opportunity for all people to learn their language of heritage when they are children.

International Affairs (including Study Abroad and Int'l Student Services) - The University of Oregon currently enrolls about 1,250 international students from ninety countries and sponsors a variety of overseas study programs in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The 3rd floor of Oregon Hall should be a destination for every student at some point in his/her academic career.

Romance Languages - The Department of Romance Languages is a diverse, multicultural, and plurilingual academic unit that instructs and researches in French, Italian, and Spanish languages and cultures. It is one of the largest language, literature and culture departments at the University of Oregon, as well as in the American Northwest.

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Center (REEES) - Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) is devoted to the study of the peoples living in the eastern third of Europe, through the steppes of Central Asia, and across Siberia to the Pacific Ocean.