The CLASP program seeks to bring cohesion to empirical and theoretical research currently conducted on the CU-Boulder campus in varied analytic traditions that focus on the study of culture, language, and social practice. These traditions include sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, literacy, bilingualism, second language acquisition, language endangerment and revitalization, narrative studies, symbolic interactionism, language variation and change, ethnography of speaking, and diverse forms of discourse analysis, such as conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, and multimodal discourse analysis.

The program currently has over twenty affiliated faculty members from a variety of schools and departments, among them AnthropologyCommunicationEducationFrench and ItalianGerman and SlavicLinguisticsPolitical ScienceSpanish and PortugueseSociology, and Speech, Language, and Hearing Science.

The CLASP program is supported in part by the University of Colorado Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences (CARTSS).