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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Full-time students can complete the program in 4 years.

Where will I take classes?

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Students may enter the program in fall, spring or summer semester.


Applied Linguistics, B.A.

Applied linguistics is an interdisciplinary field that integrates many perspectives on the study of human language. Studying linguistics is not a matter of learning many different languages, but rather it is the study of the nature of language in general.

Applied Linguistics is the study of language and communication in relation to real-world problems such as language acquisition and teaching, language assessment, language analysis on a large or small scale, improving intercultural communication and understanding the relationship between language and social organization or behaviors.

Students majoring in Applied Linguistics have the opportunity to earn the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate at the same time because the certificate requirements overlap with the required courses for the major.

Applied Linguistics students also have many opportunities for study abroad. The department has offered programs in Mexico and Argentina, as well as an exchange program in Turkey.

Program Details

High School Seniors and Recent Graduates
If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application.

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International students
International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

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Transfer students
If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation.

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Students majoring in Applied Linguistics must meet foreign language requirements through coursework or demonstrate proficiency through examination. Students must also complete at least one semester of a less commonly taught language (any language other than French, German, Latin, Spanish, or Italian)and are strongly encouraged to study a non-Indo-European language to fulfill this requirement.

For detailed requirements, see the course catalog.

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Graduates of the B.A. in Applied Linguistics will be competent language analysts, effective communicators in a variety of cultural contexts and critical thinkers, capable of considering multiple perspectives and recognizing their own and others’ biases.



Students in the Applied Linguistics program are well prepared to pursue the following career paths:

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language abroad
  • Computational linguistics, text analytics
  • Speech Pathology
  • Publishing, Technical Writing, Lexicography


Undergraduate Director
Sharon Cavusgil
Senior Lecturer, Applied Linguistics & ESL
Email: [email protected]

Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL
25 Park Place NE
Room 1500 (15th floor)

College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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