With today's increased opportunity for exchange across language communities, the need for competence in other languages and the ability to think critically about how language constructs people's sense of reality have also increased.
Earlham's Comparative Languages and Linguistics major offers students the option of combining the study of two or more languages with their interest in linguistics and language-related content areas such as literature, film and other cultural products. It demands that students develop culturally appropriate communicative skills in more than one language and reflect upon the nature of language itself. Students choose from two areas of focus: one focusing on two languages, and another exploring three or more languages. Both tracks require off-campus study, a colloquium and a senior thesis that includes a public presentation.
The Major prepares students for a variety of careers in teaching, translation, law, communications, non-profit work and international business.
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 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:
- ENG 469 Contemporary Literary Criticism
- CLL 407 Translation: Theory and Practice
- FREN 458 Contemporary Thought
- 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 380 Colloquium
- CLL 488 Senior Capstone Experience
Additionally, majors choose one of two areas of focus.
Focus 1 — Two Languages
Students must complete a minimum of 6 credits (2 courses) in literature, film, or culture at the 300- or above level for each of two languages. Students are encouraged to complete more courses at this level in both target languages. Note: Neither language can be the student's first or "mother" tongue.
Focus 2 — Three Languages
Students complete the following:
- A minimum of 6 credits (2 courses) in literature, film studies, or culture at the 300- or above level in one language. Note: This language cannot be the student's first or "mother" tongue.
- A second language at the 300- or above level. Students usually complete at least one course at this level. In rare instances when students wish to use a language not offered at Earlham, they may request to prove their level by paying for and taking the Oral Proficiency Interview, an online standardized test. In such cases, they will consult with their adviser and the convener of CLL about the process and the level they are expected to achieve.
- A third language at the 200- or above level. Students usually complete at least one course at this level. In rare instances when students wish to use a language not offered at Earlham, they may request to prove their level by paying for and taking the Oral Proficiency Interview, an online standardized test. In such cases, they will consult with their adviser and the convener of CLL about the process and the level they are expected to achieve.
Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:
- (A-AP) = Arts - Applied
- (A-TH) = Arts - Theoretical/Historical
- (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
- (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
- (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
- (D-I) = Diversity - International
- (D-L) = Diversity - Language
- (ES) = Earlham Seminar
- (IP) = Interpretive Practices
- (SI) = Scientific Inquiry
- (W) = Wellness
- (WI) = Writing Intensive
- (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year
CLL 380 COLLOQUIUM (1 credit)
Through readings, lectures, discussions and research on practical and theoretical aspects of language, students develop a critical understanding of linguistic and cultural differences, connect to other disciplines through languages, and begin to identify a literary, linguistic, and/or cultural topic in preparation for their senior capstone experience.
CLL 481 FIELD STUDY PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP (0-3 credits)
An internship or practicum organized by the student in consultation with the adviser. Credits for the experience must be negotiated between the adviser and the on-site supervisor. The experience involves one of the following: (a) teaching or tutoring a second language, (b) a special research project or (c) interpreting / translation. Depending on the experience, students enhance their communicative skills, develop a critical understanding of linguistic and cultural differences, connect to other disciplines through languages, come to a deeper understanding of the role of translation in cross-cultural communication, and/or reflect on career and life goals.
CLL 488 SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (3 credits)
Students complete a comprehensive thesis that is comparative in nature and present their work publicly. For their thesis, they analyze complex literary, visual, and/or cultural texts in a comparative framework; demonstrate their knowledge of and engagement with sociolinguistic, literary, and cultural theories and methodologies; locate and use quality information correctly; and produce oral and written argumentations on a literary, linguistic, and/or cultural topic.