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Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism B.A.

Information and Policies

Introduction

Applied linguistics is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand how languages are learned (first and second language acquisition), how more than one language is represented and accessed in the mind of the individual (bilingualism), the ways in which language and society intersect (sociolinguistics), how people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds interact (intercultural communication), and methods and principles of language teaching (pedagogy).

The major in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism is designed for students who wish to pursue the study of a particular language (e.g., Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish), and at the same time, gain an in-depth understanding of language use in bilingual and multilingual settings. Coursework for the major presupposes some familiarity with theoretical linguistics, and thus majors are required to take three foundational courses offered in the Linguistics Department (LING 50; LING 101; LING 111 or LING 112) in addition to APLX 80, the introductory course to applied linguistics. Since applied linguistics is integrally connected to other disciplines such as cognitive and developmental psychology, education, anthropology, and sociology, students have the option of taking some elective courses in these areas. Finally, majors are encouraged to pursue the study of more than one language in order to reflect on and enhance their understanding of the process of second language acquisition.

Academic Advising for the Program

218 Cowell College
831-459-2054
languages@ucsc.edu

The earlier you declare your major in your academic career the better you will be able to plan your courses and the fulfillment of the requirements. If you declare your major early, you will receive more guidance, useful advice and close follow-up.

The Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics provides extensive orientation for the undergraduate major in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism. It is very important you plan the prerequisite and requisite courses in the appropriate sequence so as to complete your studies in the expected time. 

Orientation is provided in two ways: large-group informational session at the beginning of fall quarter, and small-group or individual meetings with a faculty and/or staff advisor throughout the academic year.

Transfer students: Please also consult the Transfer Information and Policy section.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the applied linguistics and multilingualism studies bachelor of arts program should:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in a second language. Students who successfully complete the applied linguistics and multilingualism major will reach an Intermediate-high level of proficiency in their second language (L2) as described in the scale of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). This is similar to the B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference. Speakers who complete additional course work through study abroad (an aspect of the major that is very much encouraged) may reach the advanced level in their L2.
  • Be able to analyze critically the contexts and processes of (second and other) language acquisition. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of processes of and issues relating to the acquisition of more than one language, bilingualism and multilingualism, including social, psycholinguistic and metalinguistic aspects of these processes.
  • Be able to analyze critically the contexts and uses of language in society. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of social aspects of bilingualism and multilingualism, and issues of language in social contexts. Students will also develop an understanding of how different disciplines work together to make sense of human communication in multilingual contexts.
  • Demonstrate research skills appropriate for the field of applied linguistics, such as collecting and analyzing data. Students will develop the receptive and productive skills necessary for becoming members of this community of practice. Specifically, they will develop the disciplinary skills to summarize, interpret and critique both quantitative and qualitative research studies in applied linguistics. Through this process, students will develop the ability to engage in independent reading of scientific texts and research articles, to design basic research projects as well as to collect, analyze, and write about applied linguistic data.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication appropriate for the discipline of applied linguistics. Students will learn how to review and report on relevant applied linguistic research critically, using discipline-appropriate conventions in written and oral presentations (i.e., expected content, organization, register, and language).

Major Qualification Policy and Declaration Process

Major Qualification

To declare the major, students must have completed Level 4 of a non-English language (e.g., ARBC 4, CHIN 4, FREN 4, ITAL 4, JAPN 4, PORT 65A, SPAN 4, SPHS 4) with a grade of B- or better, or place into Level 5 or higher via placement exam.  

If your native language is other than English, please consult with the faculty director to discuss alternative options for meeting this requirement.

Transfer students: Please also consult the Transfer Information and Policy section.

ARBC 4Second-Year Arabic

5

CHIN 4Second-Year Chinese

5

FREN 4Second-Year French

5

GERM 4Second-Year German

5

ITAL 4Second-Year Italian

5

JAPN 4Second-Year Japanese

5

PORT 65AAccelerated Intermediate Portuguese

5

SPAN 4Second-Year Spanish

5

SPHS 4Spanish for Heritage Speakers

5

Appeal Process

Students notified that they are not eligible to declare the major may appeal this decision by submitting a letter to the department chair within 15 working days from the date of notification. Within 15 working days of receipt of the student's appeal, the department will notify the student and their college of its decision regarding the appeal.

How to Declare a Major

Students should submit a petition to declare as soon as they complete the major qualification (MQ) requirements or reach their declaration deadline quarter (whichever comes first).

Students petitioning when the campus declaration deadline is imminent (i.e. in their sixth quarter, for students admitted as frosh), will either be approved, denied, or provided with conditions (e.g. completion of some courses with certain grades) that will be resolved within at most one more enrolled quarter, even if they have not completed major qualification (MQ) courses.

Students must meet major qualification requirements prior to declaring the major.

To declare the major, students must first meet with the faculty advisor and then with the academic advisor. Please contact languages@ucsc.edu for further information.

Transfer Information and Policy

Transfer Admission Screening Policy

Students planning to apply in this major are not required to complete specific major preparation courses for consideration of admission to UC Santa Cruz.

Transfer students are strongly advised to complete courses that will satisfy the campus general education requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). In addition, transfer students are strongly advised to complete two years of language study in accredited two and four year institutions. While two years of prior language study is strongly is strongly advised, transfer students should be able to complete the applied linguistics and multilingualism major in normative time as long as they place into language Level 4 (Level 5 for students entering UC Santa Cruz in the winter term) upon arrival at UC Santa Cruz.

Getting Started at UCSC as a Transfer Student

Transfer students may declare at any time after completing Level 4 of a non-English language with a grade of B- or better, following the process in "How to Declare a Major." Transfer students who place into Level 5 or higher of their language when they enter UC Santa Cruz can declare the major immediately.

Transfer students should consult an academic advisor at languages@ucsc.edu as soon as possible to learn about language placement tests and other information about the major.

Letter Grade Policy

A maximum of two courses that are used to satisfy the major requirements may be taken for a Pass/No Pass. Please note that the Level 4 course in the student's chosen language and APLX 190 must be taken for a letter grade.

Study Abroad

The Division of Global Engagement sponsors programs of study. Students who wish to major in applied linguistics and multilingualism are strongly encouraged to study abroad. For a list of current programs and requirements, visit Global Engagement.

Students who participate in study abroad may petition to apply up to three courses (up to 15 upper-division credits) toward the major.

Honors

Students who wish to be considered for honors should meet the deadline posted by the Office of the Registrar for declaring the intent to graduate. Determination of honors is based on the student’s grades for all courses relevant to the major and other factors relevant to an assessment of academic excellence, such as research papers of professional quality. Generally, honors in the major are awarded only to students with a GPA of 3.75 or higher in relevant coursework. Only those students whose performance in coursework is excellent will qualify. Highest honors are awarded only to students whose performance in relevant coursework is outstanding (GPA of 3.90 and above) and who have completed an outstanding original research paper.

Requirements and Planners

Course Requirements

There are a total of 65 credits (50 upper-division and 15 lower-division) required for the applied linguistics and multilingualism major. See below for a breakdown of the credit requirements.

Lower-Division Courses

All of the following courses:
APLX 80Introduction to Applied Linguistics

5

LING 50Introduction to Linguistics

5

Language Study: Completion of Level 6 is Required
ARBC 6Second-Year Arabic

5

CHIN 6Second-Year Chinese

5

FREN 6Second-Year French

5

GERM 6Second-Year German

5

ITAL 6Second-Year Italian

5

JAPN 6Second-Year Japanese

5

PORT 65BAccelerated Intermediate Portuguese

5

SPAN 6Second-Year Spanish

5

SPHS 6Spanish for Heritage Speakers

5

These courses have Level 1 to Level 5 language prerequisites that have to be completed or placed out of.

Upper-Division Courses

Foundation Courses
Take the following course:
APLX 101Second-Language Acquisition

5

and one of the following courses:
LING 100Phonetics I

5

LING 101Phonology I

5

and one of the following courses:
LING 111Syntactic Structures

5

LING 112Syntax I

5

Advanced Language Proficiency Courses

(10 credits total)

Students must take a minimum of two upper-division, 5-credit courses in the student’s target language (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, or Spanish). The complete Advanced Language Proficiency course list is posted on the department’s web page. Courses used to fulfill the advanced language proficiency requirement cannot be counted toward the APLX electives. Students may petition to have other 5-credit, upper-division courses offered in the student’s target language count toward the advanced language proficiency requirement.

Although languages and applied linguistics does not currently offer upper-division coursework in Arabic or Portuguese, students who have completed the two-year sequence in this language (or demonstrate equivalent proficiency) have the option to, and are welcome to, complete approved upper-division coursework in Arabic or Portuguese through the Division of Global Engagement in order to satisfy the upper-division language requirement for the major in applied linguistics and multilingualism. The department wants to accommodate students having studied Arabic or Portuguese, and satisfaction of the upper-division courses via study abroad is one option to do so. However, participation in study abroad is not a requirement: If students are unable to participate in study abroad for any reason, they are able to choose to fulfill the upper-division language requirement in the Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism major by studying a language that the Languages and Applied Linguistics Department offers at the upper-division level. 

CHIN 103Advanced Chinese: Language and Society

5

CHIN 104Advanced Chinese: Readings in Literature

5

CHIN 105Advanced Chinese: Readings in History

5

CHIN 107Introduction to Classical Chinese Prose

5

CHIN 108Introduction to Classical Chinese Poetry

5

FREN 108French Cinema

5

FREN 111Stylistics

5

FREN 114French Phonetics

5

FREN 120French Linguistics

5

FREN 121History of the French Language

5

FREN 125AFrench Civilization: 19th Century

5

FREN 125BFrench Civilization: 20th Century

5

FREN 130French for Professions

5

FREN 136La Francophonie

5

FREN 131Social Activism in France: The Tradition of Chanson Française Engagée

5

GERM 119German Media

5

GERM 120Advanced German Conversation and Composition

5

ITAL 100Advanced Italian Composition and Conversation

5

JAPN 103Advanced Japanese

5

JAPN 104Advanced Japanese

5

JAPN 105Advanced Japanese

5

JAPN 109Japanese Language, Culture, and Society

5

LALS 171Brazil in Black and White

5

SPAN 114Advanced Conversation and Composition

5

SPAN 140Sounds of Spanish

5

SPAN 141Advanced Spanish Grammar

5

SPAN 150Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

5

SPAN 151Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: Varieties of Spanish

5

SPAN 152Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: Spanish in the U.S.

5

SPAN 153Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: Spanish as a Second Language

5

SPAN 154Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: Spanish Pragmatics

5

SPAN 156AThe Language of Latin America Cinema

5

SPAN 156ESpanish Culture

5

SPAN 156FEl Humor en Espanol

5

SPAN 156JContemporary Central America

5

SPAN 156KSpanish Discourse Analysis

5

SPHS 115El ensayo lectura, analisis y redaccion

5

Electives

(20 credits total)

Four upper-division (5-credit) electives from the following list are required, at least three of which must be APLX courses. Additional courses can be considered, pending approval by the APLX faculty director. Courses used to fulfill the advanced language proficiency requirement cannot be counted toward the APLX electives.

ANTH 139Language and Culture

5

ANTH 143Performance and Power

5

APLX 102Bilingualism

5

APLX 103Second Language Speech

5

APLX 112Language and Gender

5

APLX 113Inter-Cultural Communication

5

APLX 116Discourse Analysis: Language Use and Context

5

APLX 115Language and Power

5

APLX 122Linguistic Diversity & Social Justice

5

APLX 124Second Language Variation and Sociolinguistics

5

APLX 135Second Language Teaching

5

APLX 136Second Language Assessment

5

APLX 138English Grammar for TESOL

5

EDUC 141Bilingualism and Schooling

5

FREN 111Stylistics

5

FREN 114French Phonetics

5

FREN 120French Linguistics

5

LING 117Pragmatics

5

LING 154Language and Social Identity

5

LING 155Language and Cognition

5

LING 157Psycholinguistics and Linguistic Theory

5

LING 181Structure of Romance Languages

5

LING 183Structure of French

5

LIT 101Theory and Interpretation

5

LIT 102Translation Theory

5

SOCY 142Language and Social Interaction

5

SPAN 140Sounds of Spanish

5

SPAN 156KSpanish Discourse Analysis

5

SPAN 150Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

5

SPAN 151Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: Varieties of Spanish

5

SPAN 152Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: Spanish in the U.S.

5

SPAN 153Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: Spanish as a Second Language

5

SPAN 154Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: Spanish Pragmatics

5

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

The Disciplinary Communication requirement (DC) is satisfied by successfully completing:

APLX 190Research Seminar in Applied Linguistics

5

Comprehensive Requirement

(5 credits total)

In their senior year, applied linguistics and multilingualism majors must satisfy the senior exit requirement with:

APLX 190Research Seminar in Applied Linguistics

5

Planners

Four-Year Planner

Year Fall Winter Spring
1st (frosh) Language 1 Language 2 Language 3
     
     
2nd (soph) Language 4 Language 5 Language 6
     
     
3rd (junior) APLX 80 APLX 101 LING 111 or LING 112
LING 50  LING 100 or 101 APLX elective
     
4th (senior) Adv Language course Adv Language course APLX 190
APLX elective APLX elective  Non-APLX elective 
     

In addition to the specific courses shown in the planner, students must complete the ER, SR, IM, TA, PE, and PR general education requirements. Some electives may satisfy some of these requirements.

Transfer Planner

Year Fall Winter Spring
1st (junior) APLX 80 APLX 101 LING 111 or LING 112
LING 50  LING 100 or 101  APLX elective 
Language 4  Language 5  Language 6 
2nd (senior) Adv Language course Adv Language course APLX 190
APLX elective  APLX elective  Non-APLX elective 
     

This planner assumes that a student has completed most general education requirements before coming to UC Santa Cruz, and places into Level 4 or higher of the language they are studying when they enter UC Santa Cruz.