Language Studies Minor

Linguistics encompasses the study of human language as a universal feature of human behavior and thinking. Linguists continually seek to understand the common properties of human language, the place of language in human life and society, and the ways in which language is organized to fulfill the needs of the people it serves and the function it performs.

Unique Features

The language studies minor offers an introduction to the field of liguistics with a particular emphasis in the development of first and second languages and the teaching of language learners. It interweaves philosophical concepts of language with practical teaching concepts and intercultural understandings.

Our Graduates

The language studies minor provides a necessary background for students pursuing further studies in linguistics and applied linguistics. This minor also prepares students to work with language learners in a variety of contexts.

Program Details

TESOL Certificate - Students who complete the Language Studies Minor and choose Intercultural Communication for the elective may request a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate. This will help students find employment teaching English in many countries. Contact the program director for more information.


General Education Prerequisites

  • Foreign language study

Required Courses (6 Courses, 18 Units)

  • LANG-310 First and Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • LANG-340 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • LANG-350 Modern English Grammar (3)
  • LANG-420 Teaching English as an Additional Language (3)
  • LANG-496 Language Studies Internship (3)

Select one of the following:

  • LANG-320 Teaching English Language Learners (3)
  • LANG-462 Literacy Development of Adult Language Learners (3)
  • PHIL-455 Philosophy of Language (3)
  • SOC -420 Intercultural Communication (3)*

*Please see Program Details above.

Program Director