Min

Applied Linguistics

About

All humans use language, in one form or another. As the scientific study of human language, linguistics is almost universally relevant.

The Applied Linguistics Minor prepares students for a wide variety of fields and gives them excellent critical insight into and fluency with the world’s foremost currency. Students benefit from the minor in several ways: foreign language majors will have a better foundation for and grasp of what it means to learn another tongue; Study Abroad students will have practice conversing and working with international students as tutors and/or conversation partners; those interested in teaching can hone their skills with second language learners in the English Language Programs; and students interested in any career with an international communication component will develop strong cross-cultural sensitivities and instincts.

Students interested in Applied Linguistics should also learn about our other English Language Programs:

Intensive English Program

Academic English Program 

Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

In Depth

As an Applied Linguistics minor, you’ll come to understand what human languages have in common, their relationships with and influences on societies and cultures, and a deep understanding of grammar and its meaning.

Applied Linguistics minors will cover subjects such as phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, first and second language acquisition, and representation in the mind. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Language and Lingustics
  • Structure of the English Language
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Languages of the World
  • Seminar in TESL/TEFL Methodology

Special Opportunities

Our Applied Linguistics minor enhances the academic experience of any student, especially those studying modern languages, English, education, and journalism, or those who are thinking about a career in teaching or writing.

If you want to pursue an advanced degree in the language or linguistics field, Saint Michael’s offers a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. You can choose from six programs taught here: Master of Arts in TESOL, Peace Corps Master’s International Program, Master of Arts in TESOL with ESL Licensure, Master of Arts in TESOL with ESL Endorsement, Additional ESL Endorsement, or Graduate Certificate in TESOL.

Careers

Applied Lingustics majors will necessarily achieve a deep understanding and facility with language. That understanding is invaluable in almost any career and directly applicable to important skill sets like communication and critical thinking.

Graduates go on to succeed in careers like teaching, writing, journalism, theatre, or Law, among others.

In Depth

As an Applied Linguistics minor, you’ll come to understand what human languages have in common, their relationships with and influences on societies and cultures, and a deep understanding of grammar and its meaning.

Applied Linguistics minors will cover subjects such as phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, first and second language acquisition, and representation in the mind. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Language and Lingustics
  • Structure of the English Language
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Languages of the World
  • Seminar in TESL/TEFL Methodology

Special Opportunities

Our Applied Linguistics minor enhances the academic experience of any student, especially those studying modern languages, English, education, and journalism, or those who are thinking about a career in teaching or writing.

If you want to pursue an advanced degree in the language or linguistics field, Saint Michael’s offers a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. You can choose from six programs taught here: Master of Arts in TESOL, Peace Corps Master’s International Program, Master of Arts in TESOL with ESL Licensure, Master of Arts in TESOL with ESL Endorsement, Additional ESL Endorsement, or Graduate Certificate in TESOL.

Careers

Applied Lingustics majors will necessarily achieve a deep understanding and facility with language. That understanding is invaluable in almost any career and directly applicable to important skill sets like communication and critical thinking.

Graduates go on to succeed in careers like teaching, writing, journalism, theatre, or Law, among others.