Linguistics - TESOL / SLAT (Second Language Acquisition & Teaching) Option, B.A.


Department of Linguistics

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
Linguistics Major - TESOL/SLAT (Second Language Acquisition and Teaching)

A B.A. with a major in linguistics requires 36-46 units completed, depending on which option, the General Education requirement, specific course/skill requirements, and electives and remaining degree requirements totaling at least the 120 units required for a B.A.

In each option, students receive a basic grounding in the nature and structure of human language. The option in Teaching English as a Second Language provides students with a foundation for teaching ESL, or for graduate study in teaching ESL. This degree is especially useful when combined with a California teaching credential.

1. Major requirements (42 units)
Core Requirements (24 units)
LING 100, LING 139, LING 142, LING 143, LING 148, LING 151, LING 156, LING 165

TESOL/SLAT (Second Language Acquisition and Teaching) Option (18 units)
LING 132, LING 141, LING 146, LING 153, LING 155, LING 171i

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total units (120)*
* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the linguistics major.
  2. See advisor for list of approved electives.
  3. Students who have studied a language in high school or community college, or who by culture and experience have a certain level of proficiency, must consult with an advisor in the language to determine their placement in lower- or upper-division coursework.


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