Applied linguistics is an interdisciplinary field that investigates and offers solutions to language-related problems in the world. The discipline relies on the theories and findings of linguistics, together with the experiences and needs of language users, to engage real-world issues at such intersections as language and society, language and education, and language and power.
The applied linguistics minor is designed to provide systematic study of and principled approaches to language and engages such topics as language teaching, language learning, and language use.
Courses in the minor consider such topics as learning and teaching of languages, social and regional language variation, literacy, language policy, language disorders, and language history, to name a few.
The discipline of applied linguistics has application to careers in a wide variety of fields, including:
“I believe one of the greatest strengths of the applied linguistics program is its diversity and cross-disciplinary nature. Through the program, I was given not only the raw information to understand the mechanics of language and its use, but I was also given the tools to critically explore language issues, not just on paper, but in the world around me.”