Indiana University

The Department of Second Language Studies

Undergraduate Minor in Second Language Studies

"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

The minor provides an applied science approach to second languages, enhancing your preparation for

  • Jobs abroad
  • International relations
  • Global business
  • Language professions
  • Your own language learning

The Undergraduate Minor consists of 5 courses (a total of 15 credit hours, including SLST-S301 and four elective courses chosen from SLST-S302, S304, S305, S306, S308, S312 and S319.

The grade point average of all courses taken in fulfillment of minor requirements must be at least 2.000, and no grade below C- may be used to fulfill minor requirements. For all new matriculating students beginning with Summer 2013, the College of Arts and Sciences requires that all minors must include at least 9 hours of upper-level (300/400) coursework, and 9 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework on the Bloomington campus.

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.

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Undergraduate Certificate in
TESOL and Second Language Acquisition

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:

1. Core Courses. Complete both of the following courses:
  • SLST-S 301 Introduction to SEcond Langauge Acquisition
  • SLST-S 305 Second Language Acquisition and Language Instruction

2. SLST Electives. Complete three (3) of the following courses:
  • SLST-S 204 Language and (In)Tolerance in the US
  • SLST-S 302 The Successful Language Learner
  • SLST-S 304 Language Revitalization
  • SLST-S 306 Acquiring New Language Systems
  • SLST-S 308 English Grammar and Second Language Acquisition
  • SLST-S 312 New Sounds: Foreign Accents and Pronunciation in a Second Language
  • SLST-S 319 Special Topics in Second Language Studies

3. Additional Electives. Complete at least two (2) of the following courses:
  • Additional course(s) from the SLST Electives list above
  • COLL-C 104 Critical Approaches to Social and Historical Studies (Approved Topics: "Language Hotspots and Biodiversity")
  • EDUC-L 239 Language and Learning
  • EDUC-L 441 Bilingual Education: Introduction
  • EDUC-M 445 Methods of Teaching Foreign Language
  • FRIT-F 315 The Sounds and Rhythms of French
  • FRIT-F 401 Structure and Development of French
  • FRIT-F 402 Introduction to French Linguistics
  • GER-E 336 Introduction to the Structure of Germanic Languages
  • GER-G 448 Introduction to German Phonetics and Phonology
  • GER-G 451 Introduction to German Syntax
  • HISP-S 326 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  • HISP-S 429 Hispanic Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics
  • HISP-S 430 The Acquisition of Spanish
  • LING-L 203 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
  • LING-L 315 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • LING-L 325 Semantics
  • SPHS-S 201 Speech and Hearing Physiology
  • SPHS-S 333 Childhood Language

4. Practicum. Complete the following course:

The learning of second and foreign languages is a rich and fascinating process involving linguistic, psychological, cultural, and social dimensions. The Indiana University Department of Second Language Studies is dedicated to teaching and research on the structure, acquisition, and use of nonnative language in both instructed and contact contexts.