Department of Foreign Languages

The Critical Languages Program

The Critical Languages Program is designed to meet the need for instruction in languages deemed critical by the U.S. government. These languages are offered using the model provided by the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP).

The basic language courses emphasize speaking and aural comprehension at the elementary and intermediate levels while a writing component is incorporated at the advanced level. Languages offered vary from year to year depending upon demand. Also, depending on the enrollment for a particular course, it may be offered with a part-time faculty member or via the Self-Instructional Language Program Model, which utilizes an international student tutor.

Languages currently offered under the Critical Languages Program include:

  • Arabic *(may be offered by part-time instructor)
  • Hindi
  • Russian *(may be offered by part-time instructor)
  • Turkish

Important Information

*Courses are not open to native speakers of the language.

*Students are required to read the CLP Student study Guide and sign the CLP Student Contract upon enrolling in a CLP course.