Applied Language Studies


Five upper division courses from a cross-disciplinary list, including the core course, UGIS 120 Introduction to Applied Language Studies. The following courses will count toward this minor; others might be added at a later date. They consist of upper division courses and graduate seminars that undergraduates may take with permission of the instructor. All courses should be taken for a letter grade. Studens may only share one class between their major and the ALS minor.

Upper Division Courses

UGIS 120: Introduction to Applied Language Studies

(All students must take this course; it is usually offered in fall)

This course is about language as people use it, learn it, adapt it, and think about it in real-world settings. The overall methological frame we will use to analyze language use will be discourse analysis, which we will study for the first half of the semester. Along the way, and especially in the second half of the semester, we will consider topics such as language learning and teaching, language socialization, bi-/pluri-/multilingualism, language policy and planning, computer-mediated communication, stylistics, translation, intercultural communication, language and symbolic power, political and commercial rhetoric. We will explore such questions as: How do people do things with words? How does language both reflect and construct contexts, values, beliefs and ideologies? How is language related to thought? How do people appropriate a new language and how does this affect their social and cultural identity? How can language both create problems and help solve them in the real world of politics, religion, medicine and academia? The course attempts to build bridges between theory and practice, and will involve fieldwork focused on the observation and analysis of language use in a variety of social and material contexts.

  • AFAM Studies 115: Language and Social Issues in Africa
  • Anthropology 107: Evolution of the Brain and Language
  • Anthropology 166: Language, Culture and Society
  • Anthropology 169C: Methods in Linguistic Anthropology
  • College Writing 121: Issues in Teaching English Internationally
  • Cuneiform 100A: Elementary Akkadian
  • Education 140AC: Literacy: Individual and Societal Development
  • Education 143: Introduction to Teaching English
  • Education 150 001 – Advanced Studies in Education, Language Learning in Chicanx/Latinx Communities
  • Education 154: Language in/and the World
  • English 179: Literature and Linguistics: the Linguistics of the Language Arts
  • French 103B: Language and Culture
  • French 148: Translation and Debate (taught in French)
  • French 138: French for Teaching and Related Careers (taught in French)
  • French 146: Introduction to French Linguistics (taught in French)
  • French 147: Special Topics in French Linguistics (taught in French)
  • French 173: Linguistics and Literature (taught in French)
  • French 201: History of the French language
  • German 103: Introduction to German Linguistics
  • ISF 100C: Language and Identity
  • Japanese 161: Introduction to Japanese Linguistics: Usage
  • Japanese 163: Translation: Theory and Practice
  • Letters and Science 180
  • Linguistics 100: Introduction to Linguistic Science
  • Linguistics 106: Metaphor
  • Linguistics 108: Psycholinguistics
  • Linguistics 109: Bilingualism
  • Linguistics 124: Discourse
  • Linguistics 127: Cross-cultural Verbal Art
  • Linguistics 128: Linguistic Analysis of Literature.
  • Linguistics 150: Sociolinguistics
  • Linguistics 151: Language and Gender
  • Linguistics 154: Language Revitalization: Theory and Practice
  • Linguistics 155AC:¬†Language in the United States: a Capsule History
  • Psychology 143: Language Acquisition
  • Rhetoric 103B: Approaches & Paradigms in the History of Rhetorical Theory
  • Spanish 166: Language and Style
  • Spanish 166 Foreign Language Pedagogy and Second language acquisition (taught in Spanish)

Cross-Listed Courses

  • German C106/Education C145: Literacy through Literature
  • Linguistics/CogSci C104: The Mind, Language, and Politics
  • Linguistics C105/Cognitive Science C101: The Mind and Language
  • Linguistics C142/Cognitive Science C142 Language and Thought
  • Linguistics C146/Psych C143: Language Acquisition
  • Linguistics/Cognitive Science C147: Language Disorders
  • Linguistics C160/CogSci C140: Quantitative Methods in Linguistics
  • Psychology/Cognitive Science C124: Psycholinguistics

Graduate Courses (require instructor permission)

  • Anthropology 270B: Fundamentals of Language in Context
  • Education 240A: Language Study for Educators
  • Education 240C: Issues in First and Second Language Acquisition
  • Education 245A: Approaches to teaching English as a second language
  • Education 250C: Discourse Analysis
  • Education 250B: Second Language Acquisition
  • Education 250D: Language and Identity
  • French 206: Special Topics in French Linguistics
  • Psychology 290: Language Throughout the Lifespan