Lesser Taught Languages

Student looking over the green land and flowers.


"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still." Chinese Proverb

Welcome to the Lesser Taught Languages Program! 

The Foreign Languages Department's  LTLs program offers instruction in several languages ( American Sign Language, Arabic, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese). Students meet in small groups for three instructional hours ( 3 credit hours) per week with a native speaker tutor.  The program is a member of the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Program, (NASILP).  NASILP is "North America's only professional organization specifically devoted to fostering study of less commonly taught languages through self-instructional principles utilizing a "prochievement" modality developed for an academic setting."

Classes Offered 

LTLs offers Introductory and intermediate classes (the first two years) of ASL, Arabic, Japanese, Modern Greek, Italian, and Portuguese. Occasionally a third-year class in a language is offered based on student demand and availability of instructors. All self-Instructional courses are indicated by the LGS prefix. Completion of the second semester of an introductory LTLS course satisfies the Arts & Sciences language proficiency requirement.


Applications for Fall 2020 will be accepted starting in March 2020.   A Student Study Guide is posted on the LTLS page for your benefit and will provide important information on the Program format.