Jun 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

3110 Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language

15th Floor, 25 Park Place Building

Sara Cushing, Chair
Sharon Cavusgil, Undergraduate Director

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 dual Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics, 3) a minor in Applied Linguistics, 4) a certificate* in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), 5) ESL credit-bearing courses for non-native speakers of English, and 6) 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.

For information on credit-bearing ESL courses for non-native speakers of English and the Intensive English Program, see English as a Second Language  and Intensive English Program .

Interdisciplinary Programs

Workplace Intercultural Competence  


    Bachelor’sCertificateDual DegreeMinorNon-Degree


      Applied LinguisticsIntensive English Program