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Elective Courses and Program Focus

Students, in consultation with the faculty adviser, may elect to leave the Applied Linguistics major with either a broad knowledge of the field or deep knowledge of one focus area in Applied Linguistics.

Broad Survey

Choose one elective from each of the suggested focus areas below. Focus on foundational courses, e.g., LING 432 Sociolinguistics, LING 412 Phonology, LING 433 Psycholinguistics & LING 438 Second Language Acquisition.

Focus Area

Choose most or all elective from the same focus area. LING 410 Selected Topics courses could apply to any of these focus areas.

Focus Area
Course Comments
Language & Society


LING 409 Community Activism
LING 414 Linguistic Pragmatics
LING 432 Sociolinguistics
LING 480 Bilingualism
LING 481 World Englishes
LING 482 Pidgins & Creoles


Language Analysis & Argumentation LING 392 Structure of English
LING 412 Phonology
LING 415 Linguistic Phonetics*
LING 416 Discourse Analysis
LING 420 Historical & Comparative Linguistics

*415 Linguistic Phonetics recommended before 412 Phonology

Language & Mind

LING 433 Psycholinguistics
LING 437 First Language Acquisition
LING 438 Second Language Acquisition
LING 445 Linguistics & Cognitive Science
LING 480 Bilingualism


Language Teaching / Education



LING 438 Second Language Acquisition
LING 470 Grammar for TESOL**
LING 472 Teaching Pronunciation
LING 473 Computer & Language Literacy
LING 475 Curriculum Development & Materials Design
LING 477 TESOL Methods I



**LING 392 Structure of English is a prerequisite for LING 470 Grammar for TESOL

Courses that do not satisfy elective requirements for the BA or Minor in Applied Linguistics LING 409 Community ESL Practicum
LING 422 How People Learn a Second Language [designed for non-majors]
LING 423 Taking Stock: Assessment and Evaluation in Programs With Language Minority Students [designed for non-majors]
LING 471 Understanding the International Experience
LING 478 TESOL Methods II