Second Language Studies is an exciting, interdisciplinary field that seeks to illuminate the nature of bilingualism and multilingualism. We aim to understand how human languages are acquired and to explore real-world applications in the classroom and in society. Our Department of Second Language Studies is internationally recognized for its cutting-edge research and provides a theoretical foundation for students and teachers on campus and beyond as they engage with different languages and diverse populations. The two undergraduate programs pioneered by our department involve a range of courses that can also be taken independently to support various forms of language study on campus.
Undergraduate study options
We offer two undergraduate credentials: a minor in Second Language Studies and the certificate in TESOL and Second Language Acquisition. Both courses of study help you to develop knowledge and awareness of theories of second language acquisition; tools of linguistic analysis; social aspects of multilingualism; and psychological factors in language learning and use.
The minor is suitable for students interested in all combinations of languages, and coursework allows you to examine your own languages of study. The certificate covers the same foundational areas and additionally prepares students for the practice of English language teaching, as they become familiar with methods and techniques for teaching English as a second language.
We are part of the College of Arts + Sciences
A degree in Second Language Studies provides you with the foundational skills of a liberal arts education, which are prized by employers and vital to a 21st-century career.Visit the College's website
Preparation for a meaningful career
Your degree will provide you with a diverse set of skills and knowledge, preparing you for a variety of work environments. We offer and encourage participation in internships.Learn more