Every language deserves a spotlight.


The Critical Languages Program offers less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) which are not available in traditional departments or formats at the University of Arizona. See our current list of languages on the right side of this page, or request a language.

About the courses

All 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 semester to semester and year to year, depending upon student demand. See how to register for CLP courses. CLP courses can fulfill your degree language requirement and can also be applied to a minor in Critical Languages, Intercultural Studies and thematic minor.


  • Mark Wager for studying Thai, major: Pre-Physiology, College of Medicine
  • Margaret “Katie” Sayre for studying Swahili, major: Anthropology, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Jacob Croft for studying Swedish, major: Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology, College of Science
  • Rachel Spinti for studying Swedish, College of Letters, Arts, and Science

Watch some of CLP's tutors talk about their languages and classes!


"It's been great so far, I'm excited for the remainder of the semester!"

Kurdish 102 CLP Student