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Who Studies Less-Commonly-Taught languages?

Students often pursue instruction in the LCTL Center because they are engaged in research on a particular area of the world, because knowledge of a LCTL will enhance their academic program, or because they have a personal interest in one of the countries where the language is spoken. Many students in this latter group have friends, family, or ancestors who are or were speakers of a particular language. Creating language learning opportunities that are not widely available in other venues furthers the University's mission of enhancing the professional and academic qualifications of its graduates, while also offering students a chance for personal enrichment. For information about requesting a particular language course, please visit our FAQ page.

The ASL Studies Certificate:

One prominent portion of the LCTL Center focuses on instruction of a language that is not used overseas but rather in the United States and some parts of Canada: American Sign Language (ASL). The LCTL Center also offers an 18-credit undergraduate certificate in ASL Studies. Students who are interested in the ASL Studies Certificate can apply for entrance into that certificate program early each spring semester. For more information, please contact Deb Hast, the ASL program coordinator.

The Arabic Language and Linguistics Certificate:

The LCTL Center also offers a 23-credit undergraduate certificate in Arabic Language and Linguistics. Students who are interested in the Arabic Language and Linguistics Certificate can apply for entrance into that certificate program early each spring semester. For more information, please contact Amani Attia, the Arabic program coordinator.

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