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Tackle real-world problems

Take your foreign language studies a step further with our new applied linguistics minor.

You'll study how people acquire language, how best to teach it, how to translate in a culturally appropriate way and more-in a program that's virtually unheard of at the undergraduate level.

This minor pairs perfectly with majors and minors in French, German, Italian and Spanish, or alongside courses in beginner-level Chinese. It helps integrate your study of language with another pursuit, such as business, communications, education and international relations.

You'll apply what you know about language to real-world situations in such classes as:

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Intercultural Communication
  • English Language Learners

Stand out in the job market

You'll get hands-on education and experiences to propel you into the job market.

Immerse yourself in another language and culture when you study abroad for a semester—and gain an international internship experience.

Whether you're eyeing a career in education, medicine, law or another exciting field, you'll get the edge you need to navigate language boundaries and build human connections. This minor will help open doors to a career as a bilingual journalist or healthcare worker, translator, interpreter, international banker or financial manager, law enforcement officer or teacher.

Daryl M. Rodgers, Ph.D.

Department: Modern Languages
Associate Professor of Italian

Amanda S. Meixell, Ph.D.

Department: Modern Languages
Associate Professor of Spanish

Minor in Applied Language Studies. Students with a minor in applied language studies typically have a minor or major in a foreign language and must have completed language coursework through FRNC-202, GERM-202, ITAL-202, or SPAN-202 (or the course equivalent thereof) to take courses in the program. The minor is comprised of LANG-300 Introduction to Applied Language Studies, LANG-504 Language and the Professions, and 16 additional semester hours chosen from the following courses: LANG-350 Introduction to Linguistics, LANG-360 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition, EDUC-350 English Language Learners: Theory and Instruction, PSYC-348 Psycholinguistics, COMM-194 Intercultural Communication, ANTH-162 Introduction to Anthropology, ANTH-152 Public Culture, FRNC-310 French/Francophone Literary and Cultural or Film Studies, FRNC-460 Seminar on French and Francophone Literature and Culture or Film (with title of 'French for Business' or 'Problems in French Translation'), SPAN-305 Spanish for the Service Professions and ITAL-311/461 Topics in Italian Language and Linguistics. Students pursuing the minor must complete all courses for the minor with a grade of C- or higher. 
Double-counting restriction for interdisciplinary minors: only 8 semester hours of this minor may be double-counted toward the student's major

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