Language, Literature and Culture Overview
The Language, Literature and Culture Department aims to promote students’ competency in learning other languages, and to broaden and enrich their education through in-depth study of other cultures. Mastering a language includes listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency. Students can easily apply these skills to other disciplines at Clark and to their future professions.
Students can study ASL, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin and Spanish at Clark, and can major in Ancient Civilization, Comparative Literature, French or Spanish. It is also possible, at the department’s discretion, to major in more than one language taught at Clark (the Combined Language major), or to self-design a major in German. Students can also apply skills in Asian languages to an Asian Studies major and skills in Hebrew to a concentration in Jewish Studies.
The Language, Literature and Culture Department is part of the Alice Coonley Higgins School of Humanities.
For more information, please visit the Language, Literature, and Culture Department’s website.
Please use the chart on the department’s main web page to determine what course level to take, depending on how many previous years of the language you’ve had. The University reviews transcripts to ensure that students are not over-qualified for a particular course. Students with native or near-native fluency in a language should consult with the coordinator in that language to determine the appropriate level.
For more on language placement, please consult
Participation in a Study Abroad program gives you a chance to view the interests and issues you care about from the perspective of another culture. Students in LL&C are encouraged to study abroad in exciting cities in Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Senegal, and Spain. The staff in Clark’s Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs can help you find an experience that fits your requirements.
German Minor Requirements
A minor program in foreign languages and literatures is offered in French, Spanish and German.
To qualify, a student must complete six courses in the chosen discipline at a level of difficulty that would count toward a major in that field. The German minor consists of six courses in German language and German studies. Usually these six courses include German 103 and 104, and at least two 200-level German courses (German 220, 230, 250 or 286), and up to two courses from other departments that relate to German Studies (such as Comparative Literature 130, 222, History 133, 153, 165, 236, 275, Music 102, 104, Philosophy 143, 256). At least three courses must be taken at Clark University. Besides minoring in German, students may either elect German as their primary foreign language within the context of the comparative literature major or work with a faculty adviser to create an independently designed major in German Studies.