Language

Linguistics & Teaching English

Language Concentration

Origins & Development

Choose the Language concentration if you want to focus on linguistics and teaching English as a second or foreign language, as well as literature, writing, and education. This concentration is designed for students interested in all aspects of language and linguistics, from studies of grammar and syntax to the origins and development of the English language, to studies of second-language acquisition and teaching.

To find out what classes you take in this concentration, take a look at the Language Advising Check Sheet

The Language concentration offers you the opportunity to study

Key aspects of language, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse patterns

The history of English and earlier forms of the language (Chaucer and Shakespeare)

Two foreign languages

Theories and practices in linguistics and second-language learning and teaching

The relationships between linguistic variation and social and cultural variation

What Are Students Saying?

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Madison Van Doren

“I love that I have the opportunity to change the way people see things, to share my passion with other people. My friends joke that they hope one day they’ll be as excited about anything as I am about linguistics.”

~ Madison Van Doren, English Major: Language, Minor: Linguistics and Culture