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Language Learning at DU

Classes and Opportunities to Learn Languages

There are many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at the University to pursue language learning. 

Department of Languages & Literatures

The Department of Languages & Literatures is the primary source of language learning at the University of Denver. The undergraduate common curriculum foreign language "proficiency plus" requirement must be fulfilled through Languages & Literatures classes. Incoming undergraduate students may take placement tests through the Center for World Languages & Cultures for any of the languages that fulfill this requirement. 

Graduate students may take classes through Languages & Literatures. Please note that undergraduate language credits do not apply toward graduate degree credits. Classes may not be audited.

Additional Language Study for Elective Credit

Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC)

The curricular philosophy of Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) is at the heart of the Center for World Languages & Cultures. We offer 1-credit add-on discussion courses, conducted in another language, to major classes in non-language disciplines to allow intermediate/advanced language students to use their language skills in their major discipline of study. Contact Director Alison Nishi if you are interested in participating in a CLAC experience.

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Directed Independent Language Study (DILS)

Students may elect to study a less commonly taught language for undergraduate elective credit through the Center for World Languages & Cultures' Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) program. Students have studied Korean, Portuguese and Swedish for one or more quarters. This program is ideal for students who are self-motivated to develop their own learning goals and plan to achieve those goals. Students meet with a native speaker of the language each week for practice and to ask specific questions; they are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution.

Noncredit Language Learning

Community Language Institute


Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP)


Summer Language Institute