The Minor in Second Language Studies provides an applied science approach to second languages, enhancing students' preparation for: jobs abroad; international relations; global business; language professions; and language learning.
The Undergraduate Minor consists of 5 courses (a total of 15 credit hours, including SLST-S301 and four elective courses chosen from the list below.
Advanced Electives Two (2) courses from the Advanced Electives List
Additional Electives. Two (2) courses from the Additional Electives List
GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
"I was drawn to SLST because it was a more focused version of Linguistics, and I was hoping to teach English abroad in the future so this minor sounded perfect to help me with this. I believe that it could make me more marketable in future jobs because I have a more extensive knowledge of the English language, and have been able to look at it in a different perspective." Brittany Fechtmann, Senior
For further information about the minor, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor David Stringer. For more information on how to declare a minor, contact the Academic Advisor, Jennifer Ashcraft.View course descriptions
The Certificate in TESOL and Second Language Acquisition provides undergraduate students with a rigorous introduction to research on the ways in which speakers of one language acquire another. It also acquaints students with the ways in which second language teaching can facilitate this process. Course work for the Certificate allows students to explore scientific models of linguistic structure and relate them to their own experiences as language learners. It further provides guidance with practical issues that arise in teaching English to adult speakers of other languages. For this reason, the Certificate is particularly appropriate for students who are considering work abroad as teachers of English to adult learners.
"As a fresh graduate, I worried about my first job, but the SLS courses provided me with the skills and experience necessary to stand out as a successful applicant for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program; moving abroad to teach has been the best decision of my life, and I put what I learned in SLS classes to use every day in the classroom." Pierce Langdon, 2015 Graduate
The Certificate may only be earned as part of a program of study that leads to a B.A. or B.S. degree. Students must earn a grade of C or higher for any course that counts toward the Certificate. At least 9 credit hours of the certificate must be completed on the Bloomington campus. An integral part of the Certificate program is an internship that provides practical experience in teaching English as a second language to adult learners. This is arranged through participation in SLST-T 435 TESOL Practicum, which may be taken concurrently with SLST-S 305.
Students must complete at least 24 credit hours, including the following requirements:
GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements
For further information about the undergraduate certificate, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor David Stringer. For more information on how to declare a minor, contact the Academic Advisor, Jennifer Ashcraft, Melissa Jackson or Natalie Techentin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The learning of second and foreign languages is a rich and fascinating process involving linguistic, psychological, and cultural and social dimensions. The Department of Second Language Studies is dedicated to scholarship on the structure, acquisition, and use of nonnative language (in both instructed and contact contexts). We currently offer (1) two MA programs and a PhD program designed to train the next generation of foreign and second language professionals as both researchers and teachers; (2) an undergraduate minor designed to provide a firm foundation in second language acquisition; and (3) an English Language Instructional Program designed to assist matriculated undergraduate and graduate students and an Intensive English Program designed to prepare international students for study at English-speaking universities.