Applied Language Studies

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Minor

Sometimes called applied linguistics, the field of Applied Language Studies (ALS) is devoted to the study of particular domains of language learning and use, such as foreign language learning and teaching, bi- and multilingualism, translation and interpretation, communication in professional contexts, or intercultural communication. The ALS minor will help students use their language learning experience, for example, to gain an understanding of:

  • How languages are learned.
  • How language is related to individual cognition and social context.
  • How languages are used to achieve a wide range of social, cultural, aesthetic purposes.
  • How language relates to culture, power, and identity.
  • How language and other symbolic systems construct both actual and virtual realities.
  • What it means to be bi- or multilingual.

This minor will be particularly useful for those who have experienced learning or speaking a language other than English, but it is open to all undergraduates.

Offered by the Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies Division (UGIS) of the College of Letters & Science. There is no major program in Applied Language Studies.

Declaring the Minor

Students submit the petition to confirm the completion of the minor to Patrick Civello (UGIS) during their last semester. Please include a copy of your class schedule and a copy of your transcript. Patrick's office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., in 263 Evans Hall.

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  2. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  4. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  5. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  6. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which you plan to graduate. If you cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, please see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)

Requirements

Upper Division (Five Courses)
UGIS 120Introduction to Applied Language Studies3
Select four of the following: (Please note that graduate courses require Instructor's permission)
Language and Social Issues in Africa
Evolution of the Human Brain
Language, Culture, and Society
Research Theory and Methods in Linguistic Anthropology
Seminars in Linguistic Anthropology: Fundamentals of Language in Context 1
Language and Thought
Issues in Teaching English Internationally
The Art of Making Meaning: Educational Perspectives on Literacy and Learning in a Global World
Introduction to the Teaching of English
Language Study for Educators 1
Issues in First and Second Language Acquisition 1
Approaches in Teaching English as a Second Language 1
Second Language Acquisition: Concepts and Theories 1
Discourse Analysis 1
Language and Identity 1
Literature and Linguistics
Language and Culture
French for Future Teachers of the Language
Introduction to French Linguistics
FRENCH 173
Course Not Available
History of the French Language
Introduction to German Linguistics
Literacy through Literature
Introduction to Japanese Linguistics: Usage
Translation: Theory and Practice
L & S C180T
Course Not Available
Introduction to Linguistic Science
The Mind, Language, and Politics
The Mind and Language
Metaphor
Discourse
Cross-Cultural Verbal Art
Linguistic Analysis of Literature
Language and Thought
Language Disorders
Sociolinguistics
Language and Gender
Language in the United States: a Capsule History
Quantitative Methods in Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Approaches and Paradigms in the History of Rhetorical Theory II
Foreign Language Acquisition and Pedagogy for Spanish Language Instruction
Special Topics in French Linguistics 1
1

 Graduate courses require the permission of the instructor.

Contact Information

Applied Language Studies Group Minor

263 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-643-7691

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Student Academic Adviser

Patrick Civello

263 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-643-7691

civello@berkeley.edu

Professor

Rick Kern

4214 Dwinelle Hall

rkern@berkeley.edu

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