Learn a language

At the School of Linguistics and Language Studies we offer courses in the following modern languages:

Most of our language courses are offered at all levels, from Beginner to Advanced.  For those students who require an accelerated start to their language training for professional or academic purposes, SLaLS offers some languages as intensive courses with extra class time per week and a double credit value.

Note: Students who have already earned credit in a language course at another institution or have learned the language before somewhere else, must be formally placed to determine their current level of proficiency and best placement within the SLaLS program.  These students must complete a placement test. Please try to test as early as possible.  Placement test results are required PRIOR to registration in upper level courses.  

Learn more about the placement test.

Also, whenever possible we offer one or more of the languages from the languages less commonly taught (LANG) area.  In the past, we have offered indigenous languages such as Cree, Inuktitut, and Algonquin (previously listed under ALSS).

And finally, please note that students are not permitted to audit language courses.

Minor Programs

The School offers minors in American Sign Language, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Spanish are available and open to all undergraduate degree students.  Please note: students interested in being admitted to the Italian minor must meet with the School Director and receive written permission.

Heritage Language Courses

“Heritage Language” classes are intended for students who grew up with exposure to a particular “foreign” language, but who did not study it in a formal setting or at an academic level.  These courses are not offered every semester.  Contact the School for more information.

Other Languages at Carleton

French courses are taught by the Department of French.

Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, and Hebrew are offered through the College of Humanities.