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 submit the Applied Language Studies Minor Declaration Application and petition to confirm the completion of the minor to Michelle Herrera (UGIS) preferably no later than the semester before their Expected Graduation Term (EGT) semester. Michelle’s office is located in 263 Evans Hall to submit paper copies. The petition may also be emailed to her at

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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.
Language and Social Issues in Africa [3]
Evolution of the Human Brain [4]
Language, Culture, and Society [4]
Research Theory and Methods in Linguistic Anthropology [4]
Seminars in Linguistic Anthropology: Fundamentals of Language in Context [4] 1
Language and Thought [3]
Issues in Teaching English Internationally [3]
Introduction to the Teaching of English [3]
Language Study for Educators [3] 1
Issues in First and Second Language Acquisition [3] 1
Approaches in Teaching English as a Second Language [3] 1
Discourse Analysis [3] 1
Literature and Linguistics [4]
Language and Culture [4]
Introduction to French Linguistics [4]
Linguistics and Literature [4]
History of the French Language [4]
Introduction to German Linguistics [4]
Literacy through Literature [3]
Introduction to Japanese Linguistics: Usage [4]
Translation: Theory and Practice [4]
Introduction to Linguistic Science [4]
Cognitive Linguistics [4]
Metaphor [4]
Discourse [3]
Linguistic Analysis of Literature [3]
Language and Thought [3]
Sociolinguistics [3]
EDUC 140ACThe Art of Making Meaning: Educational Perspectives on Literacy and Learning in a Global World4
Language and Gender [3]
Language in the United States: a Capsule History [4]
Quantitative Methods in Linguistics [4]
Language Acquisition [3]
Approaches and Paradigms in the History of Rhetorical Theory II [4]
Special Topics in French Linguistics [4] 1
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

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