About Culture and Language Studies

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Culture and Language Studies (CLS) offers courses in Applied Language Studies, East Asian Studies, English Language and Literature, English for Multilingual Speakers (EMLS), Fine Arts, Religious Studies, Studies in Islam, and American Sign Language (ASL) Chinese, JapaneseKorean, and Mohawk (Kanien’kéha) languages. This wide variety of programs and scholars makes a vibrant contribution to Renison’s vision for “Global Engagement through Languages and Cultures.” Together we are committed to providing student-centered multidisciplinary courses that strengthen language and analytical skills, develop critical lenses, and foster global awareness for personal and professional growth.

Culture and Language Studies acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of ‎ the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River. 

Read more about territorial acknowledgement.