Applied Language Studies

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program


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 should submit the Applied Language Studies Minor Declaration Application  no later than the semester before their Expected Graduation Term (EGT) and petition to confirm the completion of the minor to Michelle Herrera (UGIS) no later than a student's EGT. The minor completion form may be emailed to her at, or paper copies can be submitted to her 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.

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared before the first day of classes in your Expected Graduation Term (EGT). For summer graduates, minors must be declared prior to the first day of Summer Session A. 

  2. All upper-division courses must be taken for a letter grade. 

  3. A minimum of three of the upper-division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.

  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required in the upper-division courses to fulfill the minor requirements.

  5. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.

  6. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.

  7. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. If students cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, they should see a College of Letters & Science adviser.

  8. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)


Upper Division (Five Courses)
UGIS 120Introduction to Applied Language Studies3
Select four of the following: (Please note that graduate courses require Instructor's permission)
Students can petition the program director to have other courses, including those taken during study abroad, count toward the minor.
AFRICAM 115Language and Social Issues in Africa3
ANTHRO 107Evolution of the Human Brain4
ANTHRO 166Language, Culture, and Society4
ANTHRO 169CResearch Theory and Methods in Linguistic Anthropology4
ANTHRO 270BSeminars in Linguistic Anthropology: Fundamentals of Language in Context 14
COG SCI C142Language and Thought3
COLWRIT 121Issues in Teaching English Internationally3
EDUC 132Language Learning in Chicanx/Latinx Communities4
EDUC 140ACThe Art of Making Meaning: Educational Perspectives on Literacy and Learning in a Global World4
EDUC W140AThe Art of Making Meaning: Educational Perspectives on Literacy and Learning in a Global World4
EDUC 143Introduction to the Teaching of English3
EDUC 150Advanced Studies in Education3
EDUC 154Language in/and the World3
EDUC 188FLanguage, Race, and Power in Education3
EDUC 240ALanguage Study for Educators 13
EDUC 240CIssues in First and Second Language Acquisition 13
EDUC 245AApproaches in Teaching English as a Second Language 13
EDUC 250CDiscourse Analysis 13
ENGLISH 179Literature and Linguistics4
FRENCH 103BLanguage and Culture4
FRENCH 146AIntroduction to French Linguistics4
FRENCH 147Special Topics in French Linguistics4
FRENCH 148Translation Methodology and Practice4
FRENCH 173Linguistics and Literature4
FRENCH 201History of the French Language4
GERMAN 103Introduction to German Linguistics4
GERMAN C106/EDUC C145Literacy through Literature3
ISF 100CLanguage and Identity4
JAPAN 161Introduction to Japanese Linguistics: Usage4
JAPAN 163Translation: Theory and Practice4
LINGUIS 100Introduction to Linguistic Science4
LINGUIS C105/COG SCI C101Cognitive Linguistics4
LINGUIS 106Metaphor4
LINGUIS 108Psycholinguistics3
LINGUIS 109Bilingualism3
LINGUIS 124Discourse3
LINGUIS 128Linguistic Analysis of Literature3
LINGUIS/COG SCI C142Language and Thought3
LINGUIS 150Sociolinguistics3
LINGUIS 150AConcepts, Theories, and Methodologies of Sociolinguistics4
LINGUIS 151Language and Gender3
LINGUIS 154Language Revitalization: Theory and Practice3
LINGUIS 155ACLanguage in the United States: a Capsule History4
LINGUIS C160/COG SCI C140Quantitative Methods in Linguistics4
PSYCH C143Language Acquisition3
RHETOR 103BApproaches and Paradigms in the History of Rhetorical Theory II4
FRENCH 206Special Topics in French Linguistics 14
SPANISH 166Foreign Language Acquisition and Pedagogy for Spanish Language Instruction4

 Graduate courses require the permission of the instructor.

Contact Information

Applied Language Studies Group Minor

263 Evans Hall

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Rick Kern

4214 Dwinelle Hall

Minor Advisor

Michelle Herrera

263 Evans Hall

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