Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2020 - 2021 
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Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2020 - 2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Language Studies Minor

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Program Director: Eleanor Nickel, Ph.D.


This minor offers an introduction to the field of linguistics with a particular emphasis in the development of first and second languages, and the teaching of language learners. Linguistics is concerned with the study of human language as a universal feature of human behavior and thinking. Linguists seek to understand the common properties of human language, the place of language in human life and society, and the ways in which language is organized to fulfill the needs of the people it serves and the functions it performs. This minor will provide the necessary background to pursue further studies in linguistics and applied linguistics, as well as prepare students to work with language learners in a variety of contexts.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze the oral and written language of native and non-native English speakers.
  2. Identify major theories of first- and second-language acquisition.
  3. Perform grammatical analyses of English sentences and use correct grammar.
  4. Apply knowledge of best practices in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
  5. Demonstrate appropriate intercultural communication and sensitivity.

Locations Offered

Main Campus Fresno

General Education Prerequisites

Foreign language study

Select one of the following:

TESOL Certificate

Students who complete the language studies minor along with a bachelor's degree and choose intercultural communication for the elective may request a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. This will help students find employment teaching English in many countries. Address all questions to the program director for language studies.

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