2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Linguistics BA - Applied Linguistics Concentration

Linguistics

609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030
716-645-2177
716-645-3825
www.linguistics.buffalo.edu
Jean-Pierre Koenig
Chair
Jeff Good
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(HEGIS: 15.05 LINGUISTICS, CIP: 16.0102 Linguistics)

Why study Linguistics BA - Applied Linguistics Concentration at UB?

The Applied Linguistics is intended for students interested in careers in language teaching, whether teaching English abroad or the area of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) within the U.S. The track features a teaching internship. The BA can be a terminal degree, or can prepare the student to enter MA programs in Education and certification programs in TESOL. Majors in this track receive a thorough grounding in the structure of English and also learn about many other languages. They become knowledgeable about the function of language in society and receive practical teaching experience.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • Core concepts: Students will comprehend the core concepts of linguistics, as well as the basic literature that assumes such concepts
  • Cognitive/social aspects of language: Students will achieve an awareness of language in its broader cognitive and social context
  • Language diversity awareness: Students will develop an awareness of linguistic diversity and variability
  • Critical thinking: Students will master the ability to construct arguments for choosing between alternative analyses of linguistic phenomena and to identify relevant data bearing on the analyses
  • Problem solving: Students will be able to analyze linguistic data from English or other languages and to construct descriptions of particular linguistic phenomena in particular languages
  • Communication skills: Students will attain the skills necessary to prepare written and oral presentations on linguistic topics

The Learning Environment

The program in Linguistics offers a variety of courses types from large lecture classes to small seminars. Many of the more advanced undergraduate courses are combined with graduate offerings, allowing undergraduates to get early exposure to graduate-style coursework. Faculty also regularly offer independent studies for students interested in areas that do not match the program's regular offerings. The program provides a capstone experience through a senior seminar on field methods, where students work with a speaker of a language that is unfamiliar to them to learn about its grammar. It also offers an internship program where students learn about language teaching in local public schools.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Linguistics is housed in Baldy Hall, and has several dedicated classrooms and meeting spaces. The department also holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our the program’s different class structures. Members of the faculty also maintain their own research labs to support work in areas such as phonetics and computational linguistics.

About Our Faculty

The faculty of the Linguistics department includes internationally known and respected scholars whose research specializations include phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, typology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, sociolinguistics and historical linguistics. Faculty work on a variety of languages including German, Japanese, and Korean as well as languages of the Americas, Africa and the Pacific.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Students completing a BA have gone on to law school, medical school, speech and hearing sciences, library sciences, as well as done graduate work within theoretical and applied linguistics. They have also found employment teaching English in countries such as France, Thailand, Korea, Japan, and China and in the fields of publishing, literacy development, marketing, public service organizations, and language technology. Careers open to students with linguistics degrees include:

  • Computational linguistics
  • Editing
  • Educational policy
  • English as a second language instruction
  • Foreign service
  • Journalism
  • Language teaching
  • Law
  • Law Enforcement
  • Multicultural services
  • Translation and interpretation

Academic Advising

Academic Advising within Linguistics is done by the Directors of Undergraduate Studies. There are Directors assigned to Linguistics and the Chinese, German, Japanese, and Korean language programs. Students with questions about degrees within Linguistics should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics, and those with questions about the Chinese, German, Japanese, and Korean programs should consult with the Directors in charge of those programs. Students interested in one of the Languages and Linguistics concentrations within the Linguistics major are welcome to consult with either the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics or the Director in charge of the relevant language program.

Academic Advising Contact Information

The Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics is Dr. Jeff Good. His office hours are regularly posted outside his office, 613 Baldy Hall. The most effective way to reach him outside of office hours is by email at jcgood@buffalo.edu

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

Linguistics

609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030
716-645-2177
716-645-3825
www.linguistics.buffalo.edu
Jean-Pierre Koenig
Chair
Jeff Good
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(HEGIS: 15.05 LINGUISTICS, CIP: 16.0102 Linguistics)
Published: June 23, 2017 10:16:54 AM