B.A. in Applied Linguistics

Program Information

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, improving intercultural communication, and understanding the relationship between language and social organization.

The Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language offers (1) a B.A. degree in Applied Linguistics; (2) a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), (3) ESL credit-bearing courses for non-native speakers of English, and (4) Intensive English Program (IEP) courses for non-native speakers of English.

The B.A. in Applied Linguistics provides the opportunity for students to explore the field of linguistics from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The TEFL certificate program provides students with appropriate skills and a credential that will enable them to teach English as a foreign language abroad. Students majoring in any undergraduate program can earn the TEFL certificate. In addition, the certificate can be earned by any post-baccalaureate student. TEFL certificate requirements consist of the following five courses: AL 3021, AL 3041, AL 3051, AL 3101, and AL 4161. AL 3021 is a prerequisite for AL 3041, AL 3051, and AL 4161. AL 3051 is a prerequisite for AL 4161.

AL 2021 Intro to English Linguistics is a prerequisite to these courses, except for post-baccalaureate students, but students may be exempted from this requirement by taking a departmental exam. AL 3021 is the fist course in the series, but may be taken in conjunction with AL 3051 and AL 3101. AL 4161 should be the last course taken, andAL 3051 is a prerequisite to this practicum course.

Suggested Schedule of Courses

This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the current catalog

This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement – contact your assigned academic advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements.   Also see the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of requirements and electives to choose from.

Students may choose to attend a summer term to reduce their course load during fall or spring semesters but still stay on track to graduate in four years.

If considering this major, these classes will allow you to explore this option before making a decision:  AL 2101, AL 2102 and AL 2231.


Year 1

Term 1

Course Hours

ENGL 1101

3

MATH 1101

3

Area B Elective

2

*Area D Science Sequence “A”

4

Area E Global Issues Elective

3

**GSU 1010

1
Total Hours 16

Term 2

Course Hours

AL 2101/FORL 2101

3

ENGL 1102

3

Area B Elective

2

Lab Science “B”

4

Area E Social Science Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

*This course is not included in Freshman Learning Communities.

 

**GSU 1010 is an optional course for students enrolled in a Freshman Learning Community.

 

Conduct your own research on communication techniques in another culture (AL 4151).

Get real-world training and experience through internships based in the US (AL 4980) or abroad (AL 4985).

Teach! Take a teaching practicum and work directly with ESL students (AL 4161).


Year 2

Term 1

Course Hours

AL 2102/FORL 2102

3

Area C Elective

3

Area D Math/Science Elective

3

HIST 2110

3

Area F Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

AL 3021/FORL 3021

3

Area C Elective

3

POLS 1101

3

Area F Elective

3

Area F Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

Conduct your own research on communication techniques in another culture (AL 4151).

Get real-world training and experience through internships based in the US (AL 4980) or abroad (AL 4985).

Teach! Take a teaching practicum and work directly with ESL students (AL 4161).


Year 3

Term 1

Course Hours

AL 3031

3

Area E Elective

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

*AL 3041

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

*This course will fulfill the CTW requirement.

Click here for courses that fulfill Area G and H and may also include a Signature Experience component.

Conduct your own research on communication techniques in another culture (AL 4151).

Get real-world training and experience through internships based in the US (AL 4980) or abroad (AL 4985).

Teach! Take a teaching practicum and work directly with ESL students (AL 4161).


Year 4

Term 1

Course Hours

AL 4011

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

AL 4012

3

AL 4151

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

Click here for courses that fulfill Area G and H and may also include a Signature Experience component.

Conduct your own research on communication techniques in another culture (AL 4151).

Get real-world training and experience through internships based in the US (AL 4980) or abroad (AL 4985).

Teach! Take a teaching practicum and work directly with ESL students (AL 4161).