Dec 03, 2023
Applied Linguistics specialization applies findings and techniques from research in linguistics to solving practical, language-related problems in society. In small, student-centered classes, students learn Second Language Acquisition methods, examine how language and identity are intertwined, scrutinize the relationship between language and power, and tackle sociolinguistic topics affecting language education. Additionally, students in this specialization contribute to a research project that builds on the Bilingual Corpus of Central Washington by documenting language variation in our region. This specialization offers a wide range of possibilities to students interested in conducting sociolinguistic research, working with community-based organizations, and teaching in various contexts, such as public schools, K-12, adult education, and language schools in the United States and abroad, among others.
Spanish Shared Core
This major and associated specializations require a minor or second major.
There are two streams connected with this major, one for Second Language Learners (students who do not speak Spanish at home), and one for Heritage Students (students with some linguistic familiarity with Spanish in the home).
Study abroad is recommended but not required for this major.
The Spanish major offers small and student-centered classes. Students develop language proficiency and in-depth knowledge of a culture through coursework that covers Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. Latino population. A solid background in Spanish language and culture is an asset to students who seek careers in education, international business, translation and interpretation, hospitality and tourism, and more. Because Spanish is the second language of the U.S., having a degree in Spanish also automatically enhances any other career choice.
The Heritage stream offers differentiated second and third year courses especially designed for students who have some prior understanding of the Spanish language, having interacted with it in the home. Students will interact with others who share a similar linguistic and cultural background, as well as learn about the cultures and literatures of the Hispanic world.
Eligibility for 2nd-year Spanish is a requirement for entrance to the major.
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Development of listening skills in target language at the intermediate level on the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale
- Development of speaking skills in target language at the intermediate level on the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale
- Development of reading skills in target language at the intermediate level on the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale
- Development of writing skills in target language at the intermediate level on the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale
- Development of pronunciation skills in the target language and metalinguistic terminology that describes oral production
- Development of grammatical and metalinguistic competence in accordance with the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
- Acquire an overview of historical and cultural features of the country/countries in which the target language is spoken.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills. To ensure that students acquire and develop disciplined habits of critical thinking and creative expression, thus enabling students to make and communicate enlightened judgments.
Second-year Spanish Credits: 15
Spanish for Heritage Speakers Credits: 15
Literature and Cultures Credits: 10
Composition and Grammar I Credits: 5
Culminating Experience Credits: 2
Applied Linguistics Specialization
Total Specialization Credits: 25
Small Plan Major (fewer than 60 credits)
This major requires the completion of a minor or second major. Please consult with the departments about any specific restrictions regarding overlap between plans.