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Applied Linguistics Minor

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Affiliation: School of Arts & Letters

As a linguist, you find language structure fascinating for what it can tell us about the way the mind works. Applied linguistics looks at applying that knowledge to real-world problems. How can we teach foreign languages better? How can we use language to make better standardized tests? How can we improve the role of language in medical encounters, in business, in the courtroom?

  • Our applied linguistics minor is one of only two in the state.
  • You get hands-on practical experience locally, teaching English to speakers of other languages.
  • You can also pursue international for-credit ESL internships.

Having a strong foundation in applied linguistics expands your career opportunities in professional areas such as:

  • second language acquisition (e.g., teaching ESL or teaching foreign language)
  • literacy
  • language assessment
  • forensic linguistics
  • translation
  • language policy and planning


  1. A 2.00 GPA in minor requirements.
  2. At least nine hours of the program requirements must be completed at Truman State University.
  3. No grade of ‘D’ is accepted toward the Applied Linguistics Minor.
  4. Students may double-count one course from this minor toward their major or toward a second minor.

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