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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.