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2013 - 2014

Center for Language Studies

Ray T. Clifford, Director
3086A JFSB, (801) 422-3263

Robert G. Erickson, Associate Director for Curriculum and Instruction
3105 JFSB, (801) 422-5193

Michael D. Bush, Associate Director for ARCLITE Lab
3086C JFSB, (801) 422-4515

Agnes Welch, Program Manager
3086B JFSB, (801) 422-5199

College of Humanities Advisement Center
1175 JFSB, (801) 422-4789

General Information

The Center supports the College of Humanities by augmenting the list of languages taught by other departments. Not all classes are taught at every level every semester. (Please see the Class Schedule for a listing of classes currently offered.)

Some of the languages have their own "teaching area" (where you will find them in the drop-down menu during registration), while others are listed under "FLANG" (for Foreign Language). The "teaching area" abbreviation for each language is listed below in parentheses.

  Afrikaans (AFRIK) Hawaiian (FLANG) Persian (FLANG)
  Akan (FLANG) Hebrew (HEB) Polish (POLSH)
  Albanian (FLANG) Hindi (FLANG) Portuguese (PORT)
  American Sign Language (ASL) Hmong (FLANG) Quechua (FLANG)
  Arabic (ARAB) Hungarian (HUNG) Rarotongan (FLANG)
  Armenian (FLANG) Icelandic (ICLND) Romanian (ROM)
  Aymara (FLANG) Ilangot (FLANG) Russian (RUSS)
  Basque (FLANG) Ilocano (FLANG) Samoan (FLANG)
  Bicolano (FLANG) Ilonggo/Hiligaynon (FLANG) Serbian (FLANG)
  Bulgarian (BULGN) Indonesian (FLANG) Slovenian (SLN)
  Burmese (FLANG) Italian (ITAL) Spanish (SPAN)
  Cakchiquel (FLANG) Japanese (JAPAN) Swahili (FLANG)
  Cambodian (FLANG) Javanese (FLANG) Swedish (SWED)
  Cantonese (CANT) Kazakh (FLANG) Tagalog (FLANG)
  Catalan (FLANG) K'iche (FLANG) Tahitian (FLANG)
  Cebuano (FLANG) Korean (KOREA) Taiwanese (FLANG)
  Croatian (FLANG) Laotian (FLANG) Tamil (FLANG)
  Czech (CZECH) Latin (LATIN) Thai (FLANG)
  Danish (DANSH) Latvian (LATVI) Tibetan (FLANG)
  Dari (FLANG) Lithuanian (LITHU) Tongan (FLANG)
  Dutch (DUTCH) Malagasy (FLANG) Trukese (FLANG)
  Estonian (FLANG) Malay (FLANG) Turkish (FLANG)
  Fijian (FLANG) Mandarin (CHIN) Twi (FLANG)
  Finnish (FINN) Maori (FLANG) Ukrainian (UKRAI)
  French (FREN) Marshallese (FLANG) Urdu (FLANG)
  Ga (FLANG) Maya (FLANG) Vanuatau (FLANG)
  Georgian (FLANG) Mongolian (FLANG) Vietnamese (FLANG)
  German (GERM) Navajo (FLANG) Waray-Waray (FLANG)
  Greek (Classical) (GREEK) Niuean (FLANG) Welsh (WELSH & FLANG)
  Guarani (FLANG) Norwegian (NORWE) Xhosa (FLANG)
  Haitian Creole (FLANG) Pashto (FLANG)

Advanced Language and Culture Courses (for returned missionaries and others of comparable ability)

The advanced language and culture courses are a popular enrollment option for returned missionaries and others of comparable ability.

During this course, students are offered the opportunity to take a Challenge Examination whereby they may bypass beginning language classes and earn up to 16 graded credits.

Note 1: If the course is not offered at the time the student is interested in taking the Challenge Exam, the student has the option of taking the FLATS tests (through the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service) on campus. However, that test only offers 12 pass/fail credits. Once the FLATS test is taken for pass/fail credit it may not be reevaluated for graded credit, nor may the Challenge Exam be taken at a later date. (See for details.)

Note 2: Students may not take a FLATS test during any semester in which a "challenge exam course" for the targeted language is being offered.

Note 3: Many of these advanced language and culture courses satisfy the Languages of Learning (and/or other) GE requirements. Be sure to check the GE website to confirm the possibilities.

Advanced language and culture courses for returned missionaries (note "teaching area" acronym used for registration found here in parentheses):
  Albanian (FLANG) 330 Hmong (FLANG) 330 Polish (POLSH) 330
  Armenian (FLANG) 330 Hungarian (HUNG) 330 Portuguese (PORT) 321
  Bulgarian (BULGN) 330 Icelandic (ICLND) 429 Romanian (ROM) 340
  Cambodian (FLANG) 330 Ilonggo/Hiligaynon (FLANG) 330 Russian (RUSS) 330
  Cantonese (CANT) 202 Indonesian (FLANG) 330 Samoan (FLANG) 330
  Cebuano (FLANG) 330 Italian (ITAL) 321 Serbian (FLANG) 330
  Croatian (FLANG) 330 Japanese (JAPAN) 300, 302 Slovenian (SLN) 330
  Czech (CZECH) 330 Korean (KOREA) 301 Spanish (SPAN) 321
  Danish (DANSH) 340 Latvian (LATVI) 330 Swedish (SWED) 340
  Dutch (DUTCH) 340 Lituanian (LITHU) 330 Tagalog (FLANG) 330
  Estonian (FLANG) 330 Malagasy (FLANG) 330 Tahitian (FLANG) 300
  Finnish (FINN) 340 Malay (FLANG) 330 Thai (FLANG) 330
  French (FREN) 321 Mandarin Chinese (CHIN) 112, 201, 202 Tongan (FLANG) 330
  Georgian (FLANG) 330 Mongolian (FLANG) 330 Ukrainian (UKRAI) 330
  German (GERM) 330 Norwegian (NORWE) 340 Vietnamese (FLANG) 330
  Guarani (FLANG) 330

BYU Language Certificate Program

The Center for Language Studies administers the BYU Language Certificate program. This program is designed to certify a student's language proficiency (through oral and written assessments) as well as a limited academic experience (only three courses are required).

We currently offer the Language Certificate in the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean
French, Italian
German, Russian
Spanish, Portuguese

Visit the website ( to read about the program.