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Applied Linguistics Minor

Applied Linguistics (AL) is an interdisciplinary field that investigates and offers solutions to language-related problems in the world. The AL minor has 2 tracks: General and English as Second Language (ESL).

General Track

The general track of the AL minor is designed for students interested in pursuing the systematic study of language and applied issues in its acquisition, teaching, and use, including the teaching of English as a foreign language. Students with this minor are well prepared to teach English internationally, and to work in such settings as adult literacy, refugee services, publishing, and nonprofit organizations.

General AL Minor Coursework

Students earn the minor by completing 21 credits, including:

Three required AL courses in English (nine credits):

Three elective AL courses in English (nine credits), chosen from:

And one cross-departmental AL elective (three credits).

Visit for complete list of elective courses and consult your advisor for options to build your course of study.

ESL Track

The ESL track of the AL minor is designed for students planning to teach in U.S. K-12 schools. The curriculum meets MDE standards for a teachable minor for certification, and leads to ESL endorsement, an add-on credential to a Michigan teaching license.

ESL Minor Coursework

Students earn the ESL minor by completing 23 credits:

Six AL courses in English (18 credits):

And, an ESL teaching practicum* in COE (five credits):

* EDR 470 and 471 are offered in winter only, during a 20-week semester, and must be taken concurrently with EDI 430 or 431.

Visit the program website for more information.

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