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Comparative Languages & Linguistics

A Foundation for Critical Thinking

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Comparative Languages and Linguistics combines the study of two languages with an exploration of linguistics and language-related content areas such as literature or film.

As a CLL major, you will learn multiple languages and understand how language broadly influences people’s sense of reality. Because an off-campus study experience is required, you will experience languages within their cultural context.

Given Earlham’s globally diverse community, most students don’t even have to leave campus in order to converse with native speakers in the languages they are studying.


You can study Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

Current alums are teaching English around the world, working in publishing and doing graduate work in international studies.

You can find Earlham CLL alumni in law, social service, translation, education, speech therapy, non-profit organizations and international business.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.