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The Major

CLL majors must be intrinsically motivated and entrepreneurial given the interdisciplinary structure of the program and unique combination of languages each student pulls together. Students who do not arrive at Earlham with substantial skills in at least one language must plan carefully beginning in their first year. All students choose an academic adviser in CLL to help guide them through the program. In their senior year, they consult with a thesis adviser from among CLL faculty and at least one other faculty member on their Senior Capstone experience.

All CLL majors must complete the following:

  • One course designated as Writing Intensive (WI) and one course designated as Research Intensive (RCH).
  • One semester-length, off-campus study with courses taught in one of the selected languages.
  • One course in linguistics, chosen from:
    • CLL 345 Linguistics
    • CLL 348 Sociolinguistics
    • JAPN 422 Japanese Linguistics
    • SPAN 336 Linguistics, Language, and Pedagogy
    • SPAN 406 Topics in Linguistics
  • At least three other courses that focus on language as the topic. These may be chosen from the linguistics options above, the following courses, or an adviser-approved substitution:
    • CLL 407 Translation: Theory and Practice
    • CLL 481 Field Study Practicum/Internship
    • JAPN 351 Teaching Japanese as a Second Language
    • JAPN 422 Japanese in Social Context
    • JAPN 431 Literacy in Japanese
    • PHIL 252 Philosophy and Film Theory
    • PHIL 330 Postcolonial Theory
    • PHIL 365 Philosophy of Language
    • PHIL 460 Contemporary Philosophy
    • SOAN 341 Contemporary Social Thought
    • TESO 344 Studies in Language Learning and Teaching
  • CLL 480 Colloquium
  • CLL 488 Senior Capstone Experience

In addition:

  • For Spanish, French and German, students must take a minimum of two courses numbered above the 310-level and taught in the target language.
  • For Chinese and Japanese, students must complete two language courses at the 300-level or demonstrate the equivalent proficiency level. They also must take two courses related to literature, film or culture for the chosen language. These courses may be listed or cross-listed under Middle East Studies, Chinese Studies, or Japanese Studies.
  • For Latin, students must complete ANCS 342 Reading Latin and take a minimum of 12 additional non-language credits (four courses) related to the study of Latin.
  • Neither language can be the student's first or "mother" tongue.
  • For English (only an option for students whose "mother" tongue is a different language), students must complete two courses at the 300 level or above related to the culture, sociology, anthropology, history, politics, etc. of the United States (or English-speaking countries where English is the dominant language, like Canada or New Zealand). These may either be courses with the Diversity - Domestic (D-D) attribute or those approved by the CLL convener.

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).

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