Language Studies Minor

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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 language is organized to fulfill the needs of the people it serves and the function it performs.

Career opportunities

The language studies minor provides a necessary background for your pursuit of advanced studies in linguistics and applied linguistics. This minor also prepares you to work with language learners in a variety of contexts.

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Transfer to FPU

Course listing

General Education Prerequisites

Foreign language study

Required Courses (6 Courses, 18 Units)

LANG 310First and Second Language Acquisition3
LANG 340Introduction to Linguistics3
LANG 350Modern English Grammar3
LANG 420Teaching English as an Additional Language3
LANG 496Language Studies Internship3

Select one of the following

COM 455Philosophy of Language3
COM 400Intercultural Communication3

TESOL Certificate

Students who complete the language studies minor along with a bachelor’s degree and choose intercultural communication for the elective may request a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. This will help students find employment teaching English in many countries. Address all questions to the program director for language studies.

Program director

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Kelly Schroeder

Assistant Professor, Academic Language Proficiency Services