Internship opportunities include placements with non-profit organizations across metro Atlanta as well as on campus.
Applied linguistics is an interdisciplinary field that integrates many perspectives on the study of human language.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics prepares students to become competent language analysts, effective communicators in various cultural contexts and critical thinkers, capable of considering multiple perspectives and recognizing their own and others' biases.
Career paths include teaching English as a foreign language abroad; computational linguistics and text analytics; speech pathology; and publishing, technical writing and lexicography. The B.A. program also prepares students interested in advanced study in graduate school.
Students who wish to minor in applied linguistics must take 15-18 credit hours in courses that include a world language and options such as Introduction to Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism and Morphology and Syntax.
Students minoring in applied linguistics can also earn an undergraduate certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). For more details, see the course catalog.
The department offers a 4+1 Bachelor's/Master's program in Applied Linguistics, allowing students to earn both degrees in as little as five years. The dual degree program enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward the bachelor's and master's programs, saving time and tuition dollars.
Our graduates specialize in a wide range of areas of teaching and research, including:
- Second language teacher education
- Second language acquisition theory and practice
- Classroom-oriented teacher development
- Structure and use of English
- Intercultural communication theory and research
- Sociolinguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis
- Corpus linguistics (working with language databases)
- English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language materials research and development
The certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) equips students with skills that will enable them to teach English abroad. The TEFL certificate is a credential for those who plan short-term stays overseas and is open to Georgia State University students in any undergraduate major.
The program requires students to complete a series of five undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL. Students majoring or minoring in Applied Linguistics can also earn the certificate by carefully planning their course schedule.
For more details, see the TEFL Certificate FAQs.