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Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC)

Access knowledge through language and culture.

The CLAC Approach

CLAC is a way for faculty and students in the classroom to engage with multiple cultural perspectives and access knowledge through their language and cultural knowledge and abilities. Students apply language and intercultural skills in their fields of interest—outside of the language classroom—in ways that encourage deeper connection with content and each other.

Who can participate?

  • Second-language learners (all levels)
  • Non-native English speakers and heritage language speakers
  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students
  • Faculty

What are some examples of CLAC at DU?

  • History of the Middle East | French, German
  • Islamic Empires | Arabic
  • Geography | Spanish


  • Integrate study abroad experience
  • Provide structure for international students to share their knowledge and experience
  • Explore other English-speaking cultural perspectives
  • Develop transferrable language and intercultural skills
  • Apply languages professionally

Ways to Include Language & Culture in the Classroom

  • Options to use other language sources in assignments (e.g., papers, presentations, discussions)
  • Assignments/discussions that require students to contribute materials and perspectives from other languages and cultures
  • Discussion sections conducted in other languages (may be led by faculty or grad students). Students research and discuss the class content in another language
  • Linked content classes and language classes across departments

Participate in CLAC at DU

Students may participate in CLAC at DU by registering for the parent course and the corresponding 1-credit INTZ 2700 or INTZ 3700 discussion section. Registration in the INTZ section requires instructor approval; please contact the instructor (email linked below) to register for the course. 

UNDERGRADUATES: If you are interested in participating in a CLAC discussion add-on for a non-language course, please email us and let us know your year, major and language(s) of interest.

GRADUATES: If you are interested in facilitating an undergraduate discussion group in your field of study, please contact Alison Nishi and let her know your area of study and language abilities.

FACULTY: If you would like to add a 1-credit discussion section in another language to a class, contact Alison Nishi and let her know the class, term(s) and language(s). If you already provide students with an opportunity to incorporate other languages and cultures into your classes, please let Alison know as well! We would love to share the work that is already happening.

Participation in the program helps you:

  • shape your academic and career goals
  • prepare for study abroad, internships and other field experiences
  • continue studying a language after study abroad, internships and other field experiences 
  • experience rewarding intercultural relationships
CLAC - Winter Quarter 2017 - Islamic Empires + Arabic Discussion Group

Parent Course: RLGS 2113 Islamic Empires, cross-listed with HIST 2330

Course Description: This course offers students a historical introduction to the major empires of the Muslim world. Starting with an overview of the major empires of the late antique Mediterranean (Roman and Sasanid Persian), it provides students with a primer on the rise and major principles of Islam, turning to the Umayyad and Abbasid empires and their roles in supporting the institutionalization and sectarian developments of classical and early-medieval era Islam. Students then examine the emergence of the great Andalusi and North American empires, noting their long-lasting influence on Spain. The course culminates in a multi-week study of the three major early modern sources from each empire and considers the political, social, religious, and economic aspects of each. The course concludes with a look at contemporary attempts to remember or revive the notion of "Islamic empire," connecting past to present. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. Cross listed with HIST 2330.

  • 10:00 am - 11:50 am, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Sturm Hall 251
  • RLGS 2113 CRN: 4477
  • HIST 2330 CRN: 4293
  • Instructor: Andrea Stanton
  • Credits: 1

1-credit Arabic discussion section: INTZ 2700 Topics in Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum

Course Description: Students registered in the the Islam course are eligible to participate in the CLAC discussion section. This one-credit section is conducted in Arabic; students are required to have completed at least one year of Arabic study. 

  • Room and schedule TBD based on enrollment
  • CRN: 4861
  • Instructor: Andrea Stanton
  • Credits: 1

NOTE: Registration in this course requires instructor approval. Graduate students, faculty and staff who wish to enroll in INTZ 2700 may be required to complete the Special Status Student Application prior to registration.

How to register for a CLAC discussion section

Registration in CLAC classes (INTZ 2700 or INTZ 3700) requires instructor approval. Please contact Alison Nishi for more information. 

Please follow the Registrar's instructions to register for a CLAC class. You will find the classes listed in the schedule under the subject "Internationalization." 

CLAC Resources

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The CLAC Consortium is a nonprofit academic professional organization managed by volunteers from consortial member institutions. CLAC is dedicated to promoting the cultures and languages across the curriculum movement through conferences and the sharing of resources. 

Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) Materials Clearinghouse

The Clearinghouse is an interactive collection of CLAC-related, peer-reviewed materials curated by CARLA and the CLAC Consortium.

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