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Applied Linguistics Major - Degree Requirements


In addition to meeting the general University requirements for a BA degree, Applied Linguistics majors must complete a course program approved by the Applied Linguistics faculty adviser.

*(Effective for students entering a United States university prior to Fall 2014)*

Credits Required Courses
Prerequistes
4 LING 390 Introduction to Linguistics  
4 LING 435 Theories and Practice in Applied Linguistics LING 390 Introduction to Linguistics
4 LING 411 Syntax LING 390 Introduction to Linguistics
4 LING 490 History of the English Language LING 390 Introduction to Linguistics
Recommended: A structural course such as LING 392 Structure of the English Language   
4 LING 407 Senior Seminar  At least 16 credits of Linguistics courses
8            
Two quarters of coursework in a non-Indo-European Language
  See Language Requirement
20            
LING electives (upper division) Various, see Course Descriptions
LING 409 Community ESL Practicum, LING 422 How Do People Learn a Second Language, LING 423 Taking Stock: Assessment and Evaluation in Programs With Language Minority Students, and LING 478 TESOL Methods cannot be counted as electives.
48 Total* Credits (all courses are 4 credits unless otherwise noted)  

*All courses used to satisfy Major course requirements must be upper-division courses in which the student earns a grade of "C" or above.

 

Applied Linguistics B.A.

*(Effective for students entering a United States university in Fall 2014)* 

 These requirements are in effect for students beginning their undergraduate coursework at any American university in Fall 2014. Students who have taken courses before Fall 2014 at an American university may choose whether they wish to graduate under the earlier or new requirements.


Requirements 

In addition to meeting the general University requirements for the B.A. degree, majors must complete an adviser-approved program to include:

Required Courses

36 credits

Adviser Approved Electives

16 credits

Typologically Different Language/Language Structure Requirement

8 credits

                                                                        Total:

60 credits

 

 

REQUIRED COURSES (36 credits)

 

Credits

300 Level courses

 

 

Ling 390 Introduction to Linguistics

4

 

Ling 391 Introduction to Applied Linguistics

4

 

Ling 392 Structure of English

4

 

400 level courses

 

 

 

Ling 435 Theories and Practice in Applied Linguistics

4

 

Ling 415 Linguistic Phonetics

4

 

Ling 414 Pragmatics or Ling 416 Discourse Analysis

4

 

Ling 411 Syntax or Ling 412 Phonology

4

 

Ling 438 Second Language Acquisition# or Ling 437 First Language Acquisition*

4

 

Ling 407 Senior Seminar (prerequisite: 24 credits in AL at the 400-level)

4

     

 

ADVISER APPROVED ELECTIVES (16 Credits):

 

To create a coherent program, students are encouraged to choose electives within a single focus and meet with a LING adviser. 8 of the 16 elective credits are required to be from PSU LING courses.  For a course not taken in PSU LING to count towards the major, students must get approval from the chair or a LING adviser.

 

Applied Linguistics General Focus - intended for most majors, including students planning graduate study in applied linguistics.

 

·         Ling 432 Sociolinguistics..............4 credits

·         Choose 12 credits from: Ling 409 Community Activism, Ling 414 Pragmatics or Ling 416 Discourse Analysis (depending on which one taken), Ling 418 Morphology, Ling 419 Typology, Ling 420 Historical Comparative Linguistics, Ling 433 Psycholinguistics, Ling 445 Linguistics & Cognitive Science, Ling 470 Grammar for TESOL, Ling 472 Teaching Pronunciation, 476 Corpus Linguistics, 480 Bilingualism, 481 World Englishes, 482 Pidgins & Creoles, Ling 490 History of English, or Ling 410. Ling 410 requires prior advisor approval.

 

Students planning graduate study in applied linguistics should consult with a faculty member about the best courses to take for the programs they are interested in.

 

*Structural/Analytical Linguistics Focus - intended for students planning graduate study in theoretical linguistics or with a particular interest in theory and analysis.

 

·         Ling 411 Syntax or Ling 412 Phonology (depending on which one taken to fulfill required courses)....4 credits 

·         Choose 12 credits from: Ling 414 Pragmatics or Ling 416 Discourse Analysis (depending on which one taken), Ling 418 Morphology, Ling 419 Typology, Ling 420 Historical Comparative, Ling 432 Sociolinguistics, Ling 433 Psycholinguistics, Ling 445 Linguistics & Cognitive Science, 476 Corpus Linguistics, 480 Bilingualism, 482 Pidgins & Creoles, Ling 490 History of English or Ling 410. Ling 410 requires prior advisor approval.

 

Students planning graduate study in theoretical linguistics should consult with a faculty member about the best courses to take for the programs they are interested in. A formal logic course is strongly recommended.

 

#Understanding Language in the Classroom Focus - intended for students interested in teaching, the TESL certificate or graduate work in education, including TESOL.

 

Choose 16 credits from: Ling 409 Community ESL, Ling 416 Discourse Analysis (if not taken earlier), Ling 420 Historical Comparative Linguistics, Ling 439 Language Assessment, Ling 470 Grammar for TESOL, Ling 472 Teaching Pronunciation, Ling 473 CALL, Ling 476 Corpus Linguistics, Ling 480 Bilingualism, Ling 481 World Englishes, Ling 490 History of English, or Ling 410. Ling 410 requires prior advisor approval.

 

Students planning on completing the TESL certificate concurrently with the BA or planning to take the MA TESOL program after the BA should work with an advisor to carefully plan their program.   

 

*For Traditional/Structural Linguistics focus, students should take Ling 420 Historical Comparative Linguistics and Ling 437 First Language Acquisition.

 

# For Understanding the Language Classroom Focus, students should take Ling 490 History of English and Ling 438 Second Language Acquisition.

 

TYPOLOGICALLY DIFFERENT LANGUAGE /LANGUAGE STRUCTURE REQUIREMENT (8 credits):

 

All students must complete one of the following requirements:

 

1.       Take 2 terms of a single language that is typologically different from English (choose from:   Arabic, ASL, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, Swahili, or Turkish).

 

2.       Take 2 classes that focus on language structure across languages:

 

Ling 420 Historical Comparative Linguistics

 

Ling 418 Morphology

 

Ling 419 Typology

 

Ling 482 Pidgins & Creoles

 

Ling 410 with prior advisor approval

 

3.       Take one term of a typologically different language and one language structure class.

 

All courses used to satisfy the department major requirements must be graded C or above. Courses taken pass/no pass are not acceptable toward fulfilling department major requirements.  By the end of the first quarter of admission to the program, students must consult with the adviser to select the appropriate courses and areas of concentration. Upon completion the entire program must also be approved by the adviser.