What is 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, Fine Arts, Religious Studies, Studies in Islamic and Arab CulturesAmerican Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Chinese, English for Multilingual Speakers (EMLS)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 acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of ‎the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our actions toward reconciliation take place through our research, teaching, learning, and community events, with guidance from the University’s Indigenous Initiatives Office.