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Critical Languages and International Studies (CLIS)


The Department of Modern Languages, in collaboration with the Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies external link, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Critical Languages and International Studies. This degree offering educates and trains students in Texas for careers in global affairs and international business, with an emphasis on less commonly taught languages and cultures of critical significance in Texas and the United States, as well as international economic and geopolitical arenas.

The importance of critical languages in the contemporary and future world economies and the international sphere cannot be emphasized enough. Critical Languages are important for a number of reasons, in fields as diverse as international law and commerce, international relations, the internationalization of the internet, and intercultural communication.

While working toward your degree, you may also obtain a Certificate in Localization and Translation, further enhancing your international skill set, through studying the ways in which language, culture, translation, the internet, and commerce intersect with each other.

The Critical Languages and International Studies program offers a major with specialization in three language options: Chinese, Russian, and German, and a minor in Arabic, Korean, and Portuguese.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: Thelma Cabrera — Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Aimée Israel-Pelletier — Head of CLIS, Dr. Neal Liang — Chinese, Dr. Lonny Harrison — Russian, Sabine Harvey — German, or Dr. Mark Cichock — Director of the Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies.  We can also be found on Facebook External Link.

Critical Cultures Summer Institute

The Critical Cultures Summer Institute offers International Studies courses for CLIS students looking to fill major requirements or non-CLIS students interested in learning about cultures that are less commonly taught in the U.S.

Courses for 2015