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Linguistics

Linguistics is the discipline that studies and describes language in all its aspects: its structure, its use, its history, its varieties and how it is learned. Some linguists are interested primarily in devising theories to explain why languages are the way they are and how the human mind shapes language. Other linguists are more concerned with the practical, such as teaching a second language or programming a computer to handle linguistic information.

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher of English as a Second Language
  • Editor
  • Language Program Director
  • Computational Linguistics Researcher
  • ASL Interpreter

Undergraduate Programs

BA in Linguistics

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study.

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BA in Linguistics with Teacher Certification in English as a Second Language (Preschool-Grade 12)

This program combines the required courses for the BA in Linguistics with those required for Teacher Certification in ESL for grades P-12. Students will graduate with the qualifications to follow their passion and become certified teachers.

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BA in Linguistics (Combined BA/MAT with Teacher Certification in English as a Second Language (Preschool-Grade 12) and Teacher of Students with Disabilities)

The Dual Degree Dual Certification program is an accelerated program that leads to teacher certification in grades P-12, teacher certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities, a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree.

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Minor in Linguistics

The Linguistics minor is an eighteen-credit program with one required course, Introduction to General Linguistics, and five additional courses chosen by the student.

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Graduate Programs

MA in Applied Linguistics

The MA in Applied Linguistics prepares students for careers in a variety of professions where an understanding of language is essential.

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Computational Linguistics Certificate Program

The Computational Linguistics Certificate Program provides students with a basic education in the interdisciplinary field of computational linguistics, learning to develop tools that support the interface of the person with the computer.

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Teaching English as a Second Language, Instructional Certification: Teacher Certification in English as a Second Language (Preschool-Grade 12)

This program prepares candidates for additional New Jersey P-12 certification in teaching English as a Second Language.

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate Program

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate Program prepares students to teach English language skills abroad or to teach adults in the U.S. The entire program is designed to be completed in two semesters of full-time study.

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