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Research Languages and Fonts: Home

Working with Ancient and Research Languages

If your work deals with texts or populations that do not use English as a primary language, you'll need to learn to work with languages in your research. The Hatfield Library and the DTL (accessible to the CST community) have access to many items in many ancient and modern languages, including German, French, Greek, Arabic, and Hebrew. There are also reference works such as lexicons, grammars, lesson books, collections of primary texts, and photos of manuscripts.

If English is not your first language, we may be able to support your need for translations. Korean students can find many resources, both written in and translated to Korean, in the CST Korean Collection on the ground floor of the library. Our regular collection contains some works in Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and other languages. As always, if you need a resource that is not available through Hatfield, the DTL, or Summit, request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Language Courses

The Willamette University Classics Department offers courses in Classical Greek and Latin. For modern languages at Willamette, see the Languages and Linguistics LibGuide.

CST periodically offers language courses. These may include

  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Biblical Greek
  • Arabic
  • Syriac
  • Aramaic
  • Ge'ez (Ethiopic)

Students may also attend language courses at other institutions. Contact the registrar to determine whether a course will satisfy your language requirement.

For students who need research languages, keep in mind that most standard introductory modern language courses focus on conversational language and will not give you the proficiency you need for academic work. If you are trying to satisfy a PhD language requirement, look for courses and resources that specifically teach for academic reading.

Language Exams

If you are a PhD student, contact the Exams Coordinator for information about scheduling language exams and for resources for studying for exams.

You may be able to complete some of your language requirements by receiving satisfactory grades in a course, instead of sitting an exam. Discuss your options with your advisor and the registrar. This option is not available to all students for all languages.


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Willamette University
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