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Applied Linguistics is an ever-expanding and interdisciplinary field using 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.
Applied Linguistics graduates can pursue professional careers in domestic and international contexts of ESL/EFL teaching at various levels, teacher training, language assessment and evaluation, language program administration, foreign services, publishing, or pursue further study at the doctoral level.
The program offers both the theoretical foundations of applied linguistics and practical implications for solving real-world problems. It covers the major topics in the field ranging from educational linguistics, instructional methodology, and advanced English grammar to second-language acquisition theory and sociolinguistics. Students can select either the thesis or the project option based on their academic and career goals.
The applied linguistics degree at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings.
Source: EMSI, 2020
International application deadline for fall semester is May 1; domestic student deadline is July 15. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit gvsu.edu/gradapply/.
Applicants must complete GVSU's online application, and include the following materials:
Additional admission information can be found here.
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