BA in Applied Linguistics

BA in Applied Linguistics

Applied linguistics is an interdisciplinary field that integrates many perspectives on the study of human language. Studying linguistics is not a matter of learning many different languages, but rather it is the study of the nature of language in general. Applied Linguistics is the study of language and communication in relation to real-world problems such as language acquisition and teaching, language assessment, language analysis on a large or small scale, improving intercultural communication, and understanding the relationship between language and social organization or behaviors.

The Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language offers

(1) A B.A. degree in Applied Linguistics;

(2) A minor in Applied Linguistics;

(3) A certificate* in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL);

(4) ESL credit-bearing courses for non-native speakers of English, and

(5) Intensive English Program (IEP) courses for non-native speakers of English.

*NOTE: The TEFL certificate overlaps with and may be combined with either the major or the minor.

The major and minor in Applied Linguistics provide the opportunity for students to explore the field of linguistics from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Program Academic Regulations

Students must earn a grade of C (not C-) or better in any courses required for Areas F and G. A grade of C or higher is also required in all courses counting toward an Applied Linguistics minor and/or the TEFL certificate.


Program Degree Requirements

Alternatives are available to some core and major requirements. Please see a degree program adviser for specific guidelines. In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

Language Studies BA Academic Program

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major Field (18)

1. Required courses (6):

Choose two of the following:
* AL 2021 Introduction to English Linguistics (3)
AL 2101 Introduction to Language (3)
AL 2102 Languages of the World (3)
AL 2231 Understanding Miscommunication (3)
AL 2290 Introductory Special Topics (3)
* Note: AL 2021 is a prerequisite for upper-level coursework in AL.

2. Foreign Language Requirement (0-12)*

The foreign language requirement for the degree is as follows. Students must complete foreign languages courses through level 2002 in one foreign language or demonstrate equivalent proficiency through examination (e.g., Advanced Placement, CLEP, or other approved examination procedures). Students must complete at least one semester of a less commonly taught language (i.e., any language other than French, German, Latin, Spanish, or Italian) and are strongly encouraged to study a non-Indo-European language to fulfill this requirement. NOTE: American Sign Language is considered a LTCL for the purposes of fulfilling this requirement.

Lang 1001 Beginning Foreign Language I* (0-6)
Lang 1002 Beginning Foreign Language II (0-3)
Lang 2001 Intermediate Foreign Language I (0-3)
Lang 2002 Intermediate Foreign Language II (0-3)

*At least one course at the 1001 level must be a Less Commonly Taught Language. A student may include foreign language study through course 1002 in area C; in this case additional electives may be taken in Area F to attain 18 credit hours.

3. Electives (0-12)*

Lang 1001-1002 Beginning Foreign Language I & II (3-6)
Lang 2001-2002 Intermediate Foreign Lang. I & II (3-6)
Anth 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
Anth 2020 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
Econ 2100 Global Economy (3)
Engl 2110 World Literature (3)
Phil 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
Psyc 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3)
Spch 1010 Voice and Articulation (3)
Spch 2650 Interpersonal Communication (3)

*Students who complete their foreign language requirement through examination must choose additional electives at the 1000-2000 level to reach 18 credit hours in Area F.

Area G: Major Courses (30)

1. The following course is a prerequisite for all other 3000-4000 level courses:

AL/ForL 3021 Introduction to Linguistics (3)*

2. Required Courses (6)

AL 3031 Language in Society (3) and
AL 4151 Communication Across Cultures-CTW (3) or AL 4241 Senior Seminar-CTW (3)

3. Major Requirements (9):

Choose three (the fourth may be used as elective under #4 or #5 below):
AL 3041 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (3)*
AL 4011 Phonetics and Phonology (3)
AL 4012 Morphology and Syntax (3)
AL 4111 Semantics and Pragmatics (3)

4. Electives in the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL (9)

AL 3051 TEFL I: Methods and Approaches (3)*
AL 3101 English Grammar in Use (3)*
AL 4090 Language and Computers
AL 4121 Historical Linguistics (3)
AL 4131 Bilingualism (3)
AL 4141 Special Topics (3)
AL 4161 TEFL II: Practicum & Classroom Practices (3)*
AL 4999 Directed Reading (3)

*Students completing the five courses marked with an asterisk (*) also receive the certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. You must submit an application for the TEFL certificate program to actually receive the certificate (similar to declaring a major or minor); see here for more information.

Signature experience elective (3)—ideally, an internship or study abroad! However, many options are available:

AL 4980 Internship (3)
AL 4985 Internship Abroad (3)
Any 3xxx or 4xxx course taken while on study abroad or international exchange
Any Lang 3xxx or 4xxx (upper level foreign languages)
An extra AL CTW course (AL 4151 or AL 4241, not taken for requirements above)
An extra linguistic analysis elective (AL 3041, AL 4011, AL 4012, or AL 4111, not taken for requirements above)
An approved upper-level course in an allied field (see department for approval)

Additional Information

Refer to the current undergraduate catalog for more information.

Click here for a projected schedule of course offerings for the next two years.

Dr. Hae Sung Yang
Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL
25 Park Place, 15th floor

Phone: 404-413-5591 (email is the best way to reach me)