Linguistics is the study of language in all of its manifestations.

Applied Linguistics is one of the MLL concentrations in which you can major or minor. You can also take linguistics courses that complement majors in:



MLL Major with concentration in
Applied Linguistics

The concentration in Applied Linguistics is 39 credits.

All MLL majors take a common core of courses (9 credits)

  • MLL 190: The World of Language I
  • MLL 230: World Language Communities
  • MLL 301: Textual Analysis: Words, Images, Music

Although not required, MLL 191 The World of Language II is highly recommended.

In addition, students in the applied linguistics concentration take 21 credits of specified linguistics courses:

  • LING 210 Introduction to Language Structures
  • LING 290 Introduction to Applied Linguistics
  • LING 310 Phonology and Morphology
  • LING 320 Syntax
  • LING 360 Sociolinguistics and Dialectology
  • LING 410 Language Planning
  • LING 450 Workshop in Applied Linguistics OR
  • LING 490 Seminar in Applied Linguistics

Finally, the concentration in applied linguistics requires

9 credits of other LING courses, 3 credits of which must be on the 400 level. One cognate course in another discipline (e.g., MLL 413 [Language, Gender & Culture], PHIL 445 [Philosophy of Language], PSYC 316 [Language and Thought], ENGL 407 [Language in Society], ENGL 490 [History of the English Language]) and up to two language-specific linguistics courses (e.g., FREN/GERM/SPAN/RUSS 331, 332, 438) may be used as substitutes for an equivalent number of the required LING courses with the approval of the student's major advisor.

All courses submitted by a student in fulfillment of the requirement for the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.



The Minor in Applied Linguistics

The minor in Applied Linguistics is 21 credits.

3 credits:

  • MLL 190: The World of Language I

12 credits:

  • LING 210 Introduction to Language Structures
  • LING 290 Introduction to Applied Linguistics
  • LING 310 Phonology and Morphology
  • LING 320 Syntax

6 credits of other LING courses at the 300 or 400 level. A cognate course in another discipline (e.g., MLL 413 [Language, Gender & Culture], PHIL 445 [Philosophy of Language], PSYC 316 [Language and Thought], ENGL 407 [Language in Society], ENGL 490 [History of the English Language]) and up to two language-specific linguistics courses (e.g., FREN/GERM/SPAN/RUSS 331, 332, 438) may substitute for one of the LING courses with the approval of the student's major advisor.

All courses submitted by a student in fulfillment of the requirement for the minor must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.