Clemson ranks 16th in the nation in the number of African American undergraduate students earning a foreign language degree in 2016, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Clemson ranked 19th in 2015 and 35th in 2013. Since 2010, the magazine has published rankings of the top 100 institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students. The data are based on institutional reports collected by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Department of Languages offers undergraduate degrees in Modern Languages, Language and International Health (L&IH), and Language and International Trade (L&IT). According to the rankings, African American students account for 10% of all language degree recipients at Clemson, a higher percentage than in any other discipline at the university.