Linguistics is the study of how language works. Linguists study such topics as how children learn language; how languages change; why people speak differently in different places, social groups, and situations; and how language is involved in race, class, and sex prejudice.
Applied linguists in particular study how to teach languages, such as English, to others, as well as how to use linguistic principles in other applied areas, such as dictionaries and teaching materials.
TESL stands for Teaching English as a Second Language. Those in TESL teach English to people who speak some other native language.
Graduates of our programs have a good foundation for careers in many diverse areas, some of which require further study or professional training:
Graduates with TESL Licensure may find employment in public school systems as well as in private schools and overseas.
"By the 2030s, say demographers, English language learners (ELLs) will account for approximately 40% of the entire school-aged population in the United States. In some areas, that projection is already exceeded-in California, for instance, 60%-70% of schoolchildren speak a language other than English as their primary language." ---from "What's 'Normal,' What's Not," by Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin and Alejandro Brice
Opportunities for students with a Minor in Linguistics depend largely on what their major is. However, graduates with the Minor in Linguistics have gone on to graduate programs in Teaching English as a Second Language, in law, in international studies (in business or communication), and in English. Even without graduate training, some find jobs teaching English overseas. Others have gone into the publishing business or library work.
Recent graduates from our Master's Program have gone into Ph.D. programs in linguistics, TESL or Curriculum and Instruction, or have accepted teaching positions either within the U.S. or abroad.