Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC)

Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC)

Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC) is a Global Learning Initiatives curricular enrichment program that provides students with the opportunity to meaningfully apply their existing language skills in courses outside of language departments.

Recognizing Untapped Potential

Most university students lack curricular opportunities to develop foreign-language competencies in their areas of academic interest. At the same time, international students lack opportunities to employ their non-English language skills during the course of their education. Recognizing the untapped potential in higher education’s increasingly diverse student body, LxC began in 1991 as a way for students, both domestic and international, to use their non-English language skills and multicultural backgrounds in new contexts. Since then, students have used LxC groups to deepen and broaden their knowledge of course content, to develop foreign language and cultural competencies in their areas of academic interest, and to showcase those competencies with a variety of projects in LxC and in their own courses.

LxC Goals

The goals of LxC, from its outset to today, are succinctly expressed by founding Director H. Stephen Straight as “the retention and growth of language skills and intercultural knowledge through ubiquitous curricular use of materials in the world's languages and from the world's cultures.”

30 Years of Intercultural Engagement.

In the past 30 years, thousands of BU students hailing from all regions of NYS and the US, as well as from all over the world, have participated in the LxC program in different capacities: as students, as Language Resource Specialists (LRSs), and as program assistants.

We have partnered with scores of faculty over the years in order to provide LxC components and study groups to dozens of courses throughout all schools and disciplines within the university.

In this way, LxC has facilitated an intercultural, multilingual learning experience spanning undergraduate and graduate levels in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Management, College of Community and Public Affairs, Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the English Language Institute. 

LxC Course Offerings

LxC shares Binghamton’s commitment to student engagement with and in research, and has collaborated with faculty and administration in a variety of fields to offer intercultural and multilingual learning opportunities to students. LxC is working with diverse departments and programs to create credit-bearing courses. 

When any course offered by the university "partners" with LxC, students can either explore themes and issues from that course in languages other than English, or investigate and compare issues from cross-cultural perspectives. With LxC, students do not learn a language: rather they learn how to engage their existing language abilities to enhance and deepen their knowledge about any topic. In short, it is about using language to learn about the world.

New Course Lineup

Attention heritage speakers, native speakers, polyglots, and students of language: LxC is pleased to announce a new series of credit-bearing courses for fall 2021 resulting from our partnership with selected departments

  • LxC FALL 2021
    • LxC 100: ANTH 111 through World Language and Culture (2 credits; Harpur Writing ‘W’)
    • LxC 110: PSYC 111 through World Language and Culture  (2 credits; Harpur Writing ‘W’)
    • LxC 120: PLSC 117 through World Language and Culture  (2 credits; Harpur Writing ‘W’)
    • LxC 130: CINE 121 through World Language and Culture  (2 credits; Harpur Writing ‘W’)

    Information (including meeting days and times) about all LxC courses is available here.

    The partnered courses required in order to take LxC 100, 110, 120, and 130 are:

    • ANTH 111: Introduction to Anthropology (for LxC 100)
    • PSYC 111: General Psychology (for LxC 110)
    • PLSC 117: Introduction to World Politics (for LxC 120)
    • CINE 121: Experience, History and Analysis of Cinema (for LxC 130)

    If you have already taken, are currently taking, or will be taking any of the above partnered classes in Fall 2021, consider taking its LxC associated course to use your world language abilities (whether learned at home or in school) to further explore themes and issues from anthropology, psychology, political science, and cinema. Note: The LxC course is a stand-alone course taught by a separate instructor; however, the themes and subject matter are linked to the partnered course.

    In these LxC courses you will:

    • Earn 2 credits toward your Harpur W Gen Ed with each LxC course, while using your knowledge and language skills in an intercultural context.
    • Use your language abilities to learn about how subject matter (e.g. psychology, cinema, etc.) connects to other cultures, countries, and regions.
    • Collaborate on topics and activities with your classmates, and design your own intercultural project related to the partnered course and culture of your choice.
    • Develop valuable intercultural competencies and research skills which can be applied to the rest of your undergraduate studies and beyond. 
    • Enhance your academic and professional portfolio with your LxC work.

LxC is student-centered, and reflects student needs and interests! 

Help us create our specific courses for the fall. Let us know which language(s) you can use for an LxC course, and which LxC course you’d like to use them for Fall 2021. Please complete our short survey below.


Contact Information

Emily Iekel

LxC Program Assistant
Phone: 607-777-2499
Location: Library North (LN) 2202

William Pavlovich

Director, Global Learning Initiatives

Interim Secretary/Treasurer

Phone: (607) 777 - 4564
Location: Library North (LN) 2204

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