Applied Linguistics, M.A.
Applied linguistics is an ever-expanding and interdisciplinary field using the foundational knowledge of human language to engage real-world concerns. The field explores language teaching and learning, language assessment, second language literacy development, cross-cultural communication, and language acquisition, as well as empirical research in any of the above subfields of applied linguistics.
The program provides students with a rigorous and collaborative learning experience in the core areas of applied linguistics. Built-in flexibility allows students to pursue their own interests through independent study, practicum, and thesis/project work in preparation for professional careers or doctoral study. The program requires 36 credit hours.
Why Study Applied Linguistics at Grand Valley?
- The program offers a solid curriculum representing the field of applied linguistics nationwide, yet has its own unique design, striking a balance between theory and practice.
- Faculty members have diverse areas of expertise and wide-ranging domestic and international experiences, meeting the academic needs of students.
- Graduates are prepared for domestic and international careers in applied linguistics, including second language education, adult literacy development, language assessment and evaluation.
- Students have the opportunity to tailor the program to individual research and career interests through a hands-on practicum experience, along with their choice of a culminating thesis or project.
- Students will study closely with faculty members in a small, nurturing community of fellow students both in and out of the classroom.