Gordy Hall 383
Athens, OH 45701
120 Chubb Hall
Athens, OH 45710
The Department of Linguistics, in the College of Arts and Sciences, offers an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy, a B.A. in General Linguistics, a B.A. minor in Linguistics with three areas of concentration, a B.A. minor in Japanese Language, and a five-course module in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The department also offers specialized language training in English as a Second Language (ESL), Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, and Swahili. The three areas of specialization for minors include general linguistics, sociolinguistics, and teaching English as a second or foreign language. The Department of Linguistics seeks to engage students in linguistic theory and empirical research and further specialized language training.
Since linguistics is a relatively new field, there is no fixed area in which only linguists are employed. Most linguists are to be found teaching at universities or connected with organizations which involve research and teaching, development of teaching materials, or field study of the world's languages. A background in linguistics is useful in fields such as education, library science, artificial intelligence, psychology, and cognitive science. A degree or specialization in teaching English to speakers of other languages is valuable in obtaining employment both at home and abroad as a teacher of English as a second or foreign language (TESL/TEFL) or as a teacher of any other language. The need for bilingual education and English instruction in the public schools has led to a demand for trained linguists in many urban areas throughout the United States.
A certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is also offered for individuals planning on teaching English overseas.
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The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 19 departments, 27 majors and dozens of other special curricula. The college is committed to advancing the interrelated areas of teaching, research, and outreach in a learning-centered community. The college instructs students based on core disciplines for the entire university.
Arts and Sciences is home to nearly one-third of all OHIO's undergraduate and graduate students. The college encourages research and applied scholarship among all of its faculty members. They also create many opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research as well. The college takes an active role in making knowledge accessible and in applying it to issues that affect the wider community.
All departmental majors provide sound preparation for future careers by requiring you to think and write critically and to communicate well - the preferred skills in all areas of the public and private sector. Certificate programs are open to students who are enrolled in any baccalaureate program, regardless of college or major. Minors in the College of Arts and Sciences may be combined with any regular majors or special curricula programs. With careful planning, minors can be completed within four years.
Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.