Languages at Oberlin

Oberlin College offers a wealth of opportunities for students interested in learning, teaching, or analyzing languages.

Interior view of the Cooper International Learning Center housed in Peters Hall.
The Paul and Edith Cooper International Learning Center (CILC) is an educational laboratory and social center that enables students, faculty, staff, and community members to build proficiency in world languages.
Photo credit: Pang Fei Chiang ’19

A wide range of language courses are offered, including upper-level courses taught in languages other than English. In addition, there are many opportunities for language teaching on campus, in local public schools, and elsewhere in the community.

Learning Languages at Oberlin
Oberlin faculty offer courses in a dozen languages. In most cases we offer a full language sequence, from beginning through advanced, although some offerings are more limited. Students interested in learning languages not offered through the regular course catalog are encouraged to explore the Experimental College, to consult faculty with particular language skills, or to discuss their options with the Cooper International Learning Center and the Director of Programs for International Study.

Teaching Languages at Oberlin
Teaching a language is one of the best ways to learn it. Oberlin offers terrific opportunities for students interested in sharing the languages they speak with others, pursuing a career in education, giving back to the community, or exploring the theory and practice of language pedagogy.

Studying Linguistics at Oberlin
Students interested in studying linguistics—the history, development, structure, philosophy and theory of language—can choose from a variety of courses, majors, minors, and concentrations.

Languages across the Curriculum
More than ten percent of Oberlin’s courses are taught in a language other than English. In addition, a series of English-taught courses offer students the opportunity to do part of their coursework in another language as part of Oberlin’s Languages Across the Curriculum Initiative.