Bachelor - Applied Linguistics

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The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics program is designed to integrate training in communication theory and practice. If you enroll in this program, you'll have the chance to explore foundations of language structure, usage, acquisition, and disorders. Learn more about Ashford University's exciting online major here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the diversity of language and its uses in various levels of society - within businesses, among different socio-economic classes, and among various cultures. Courses are intended to cover word roots and derivatives, definitions and meaning, dialect, and language sounds. You'll also have the chance to study elements of grammar, sentence structure, technical writing, and narrative development. In addition, the program is designed to teach you about primary and secondary language acquisition, and you will have the chance to examine specialized teaching methods and materials used to instruct English language learners. This Web-based major is designed to explore technological trends in language acquisition as well as how computers and linguistics intersect. This series is not designed to lead to any type of licensure of certification.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You may have an interest in learning about the intricacies of the English vernacular. In addition, you may have a desire to study how individuals native to one language learn another, and fluency in a secondary language yourself could prove helpful in the field. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

If you enroll in this program, you'll complete 120 credits, including 42 credits in the major area, 35 credits of electives, and the remaining credit hours in general education courses. Depending on the number of credits transferred in, you may be required to take one or both introductory courses listed below (EXP 105 and PSY 202).

Applied Linguistics Course Requirements

Course NumberCourse Title
Introductory Course Requirements
EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202 Adult Development and Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
ENG 321 Introductory Linguistics
LNG 206 Language and Technology
LNG 212 Second Language Acquisition
LNG 222 Survey of Communicative Disorders
LNG 310 Sounds of Language
LNG 320 Structures of Language
LNG 415 Meaning in Language
ELL 361 Language Learning in a Global Context
LNG 353 Evolution of the English Language
LNG 360 Language and Society
LNG 450 Computational Linguistics
ELL 355 Methods, Materials, and Technology for Learning a Second Language
LNG 455 Language Development Disorders
LNG 497 Applied Linguistics Capstone

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this Ashford University program, you could be able to find opportunities at home or abroad. Employment could be found with government departments, community agencies, businesses, or schools. With an applied linguistics major, you could be able to undertake tasks in education, research, information analysis, translation, writing, editing, or communications.

You could be able to work as a(n):

  • Instructor of English as a second language (ESL)
  • Linguistics analyst
  • Lexicographer

Advanced Degrees

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics degree, you could further your education in a number of ways. If you desire to work in K-12 education, you might consider participating in an alternate route to teacher certification program. In addition, you could make yourself more marketable by learning one or more secondary languages. Another option could be to enroll a master's degree program, which could allow you to develop your skills in applied linguistics or a related field and strengthen your research abilities.

Master's degree that you could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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