Applied Linguistics is a vibrant, interdisciplinary field that explores topics in language science, second language acquisition, and language teaching practices. Through the four core courses and a wide range of electives, Applied Linguistics students will develop skills that are required by many employers today, for example, critical thinking, research, oral and written communication skills.

Students will be able to apply their professional knowledge in a variety of settings such as English language programs in the United States and abroad, non-profit organizations, and corporate settings.

A degree in applied linguistics can help enhance careers in:

  • Language teaching for profit or non-profit organizations in the United States or abroad
  • Translation/interpretation
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Interactive media design
  • Cultural exchange programs
  • Editing
  • Writing for specific purposes, and others

With an applied linguistics minor, students will be able to pursue advanced degrees in the following fields:

  • Linguistics
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Media design
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Education, and others


Required Courses (12 Credit Hours)

TSL 3251 Applied Linguistics for ESL
TSL 4252 Sociolinguistics for ESL
TSL 3346 English as an International Languages

Select One

LIN 3010 Principles of Linguistics
TSL 4240 Issues in Second Language Acquisition

Restricted electives (6 Credit Hours)

ENC 3250 Professional Writing
ENC 3521 Writing Across Difference
ENC 4378 Writing in Global and Transnational Contexts
ENC 4416 Writing in Digital Environments
EXP 3640 Psychology of Language
FRE 3780 French Phonetics and Diction
FRE 4700 Francophone Linguistics
LIN 3010 Principles of Linguistics
LIN 3673 Rhetorical Grammar
LIN 3713 Language Science
LIN 4105 History of the English Language
LIN 4680 Modern English Grammar
PHI 4221 Philosophy of Language
SPA 3112C Basic Phonetics
SPN 4780 Spanish Phonetics
SPN 4850 Structure of the Spanish Languages
TSL 4943 L2 Academic Language Instruction

Students may take 3 or 6 hours of any of these non-Romance, non-Germanic language courses:
Arabic ARA 1120, 1121
Chinese CHI 1120, 1121
Japanese JPN 1120, 1121
Korean KOR 1120, 1121
Russian RUS 1120, 1121
Note: Heritage or native speakers cannot take courses in their own language. To avoid problems, they should consult with an advisor in the Modern Languages & Literatures Department to select a foreign language course.


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