Languages

Below are listed the range of languages you can study at Princeton.  These courses are not offered by PCLS, but rather by various other areal studies departments at the University.  Explore!  You will see below that we have a few less commonly taught languages on offer too.

Not all languages are offered every year, so click on the links to check for up-to-date information from the offering department.  The home departments can also provide information regarding what levels of the language sequence are currently offered.

A star (★) next to the language name indicates that the sequence can be used to satisfy the University’s General Education language requirement for the A.B.

See our recent notice about placement testing.

Don’t see a language listed that you’re really keen on having credit-bearing coursework for?  Check back to this page for details coming soon about submitting suggestions to us about future language programs we should add at Princeton.

Akkadian

An ancient Semitic language, whose speakers had inhabited Mesopotamia.

Department of Classics →

American Sign Language

A signed language, with speakers in the US, Canada, and elsewhere.

Program in Linguistics →

Arabic ★

A Semitic language, with speakers in the Middle East, North Africa, Horn of Africa, and elsewhere.

Department of Near Eastern Studies →

Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian ★

A Slavic language, with speakers in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and elsewhere.

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures →

Chinese ★

A Sinitic language, with speakers in China, Taiwan, Singapore, and elsewhere.

Department of East Asian Studies →

Czech ★

A Slavic language, with speakers in the Czech Republic and elsewhere.

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures →

French ★

A Romance language, with speakers in Europe, Haiti, sub-Saharan Africa, Canada, Oceania, and elsewhere.

Department of French & Italian →

German ★

A Germanic language, with speakers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and elsewhere.

Department of German →

Greek (Classical/Ancient) ★

An ancient Hellenic language, whose speakers had inhabited Ancient Greece.

Department of Classics →

Hebrew ★

A Semitic language, with speakers in Israel and elsewhere.

Department of Near Eastern Studies →

Hindi ★

An Indo-Aryan language, with speakers in India and elsewhere.

Program in South Asian Studies →

Italian ★

A Romance language, with speakers in Italy and elsewhere.

Department of French & Italian →

Japanese ★

A Japonic language, with speakers in Japan and elsewhere.

Department of East Asian Studies →

Korean ★

A Koreanic language, with speakers in North Korea, South Korea, and elsewhere.

Department of East Asian Studies →

Latin ★

An ancient Italic language, whose speakers had inhabited Ancient Rome.

Department of Classics →

Modern Greek ★

A Hellenic language, with speakers in Greece, Cyprus, and elsewhere.

Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies →

Persian ★

An Iranian language, with speakers in Iran and elsewhere.

Department of Near Eastern Studies →

Polish

A Slavic language, with speakers in Poland and elsewhere.

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures →

Portuguese ★

A Romance language, with speakers in Brazil, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola, and elsewhere.

Department of Spanish & Portuguese →

Russian ★

A Slavic language, with speakers in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Central Asia, and elsewhere.

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures →

Sanskrit ★

An ancient Indo-Aryan language, who speakers inhabited South and Southeast Asia.

Program in South Asian Studies →

Spanish ★

A Romance language, with speakers in Spain, the Americas, Equatorial Guinea, and elsewhere.

Department of Spanish & Portuguese →

Swahili ★

A Bantu language, with speakers in East Africa, Southern Africa, the African Great Lakes Region, and elsewhere.

Program in African Studies →

Syriac

An ancient language, whose speakers inhabited Mesopotamia, Syria, Turkey, and elsewhere.

Department of Near Eastern Studies →

Turkish ★

A Turkic language, with speakers in Turkey, Cyprus, and elsewhere.

Department of Near Eastern Studies →

Twi ★

A Niger-Congo language, with speakers in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, and elsewhere.

Program in African Studies →

Urdu ★

An Indo-Aryan language, with speakers in Pakistan, India, and elsewhere.

Program in South Asian Studies →

Wolof

A Niger-Congo language, with speakers in Senegal, The Gambia, Mauritania, and elsewhere.

Program in African Studies →

Yoruba ★

A Niger-Congo language, with speakers in Nigeria, Benin, Togo, and elsewhere.

Program in African Studies →

The mission of the Center is to bring together people, technology, research, and resources to enhance the teaching and learning of foreign languages at Princeton.

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