Program Description

The field of second language studies examines how second/foreign languages are learned and used from linguistic, psychological, and socio-cultural standpoints. This GIS in second language studies offers graduate students the opportunity to enhance their professional experience by providing them with a theoretical and practical background in the important and rapidly growing field of second language studies. The goal of GIS in second language studies is to help students to gain hands-on experience in research design and data collection; design language programs and course materials that are informed by theory and research in second language acquisition and to enable students to be more competitive on the job market for positions that involve language program direction/coordination and GTA training. Graduate students enrolled in GIS in second language studies will work with faculty from a number of different academic units across the campus. 


The coursework for GIS in Second Language Studies consists of:

  • A minimum of 10 semester hours of graduate level courses in a given focus area
  • 9 of the 10 total hours must consist of at least 3 different courses. 
  • At least 9 hours must be from outside the home graduate program but may include cross-listed courses. Cross-listed courses taken within this 10-hour minimum must be enrolled in outside the home graduate program.

Students enrolled in GIS-SLS will consult with an advisor who will help them select courses to form a coherent program that is tailored to their individual needs and interests

Students will select one of the following three tracks:

  • Applied Linguistics;
  • Instructed Second Language Acquisition, and
  • Technology and Second Language Studies

The course requirements in each track are generally flexible and allow students the freedom to conduct coursework in subfields tailored to their academic interests in second language studies. 


  • At least one introductory course to linguistics
  • 7301 or equivalent: College Teaching of Foreign Languages


Possible courses to fulfill linguistics requirement:

  • Linguistics 4000 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis 
  • German 6600 Introduction to Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • French 5051 The Romance Languages 
  • Italian 8331 Intro to Italian Linguistics 
  • Chinese 5380 Introduction to Chinese Linguistics
  • Japanese 5380 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics 
  • Korean 5380 Introduction to Korean Linguistics 

Possible courses to fulfill 7301 requirement:

  • German 6600 Introduction to College Teaching of German 
  • French 7301 Theory, Research and Application in Communicative Language Teaching
  • Italian 7301 Theory, Research and Application in Communicative Language Teaching
Note: The above lists of courses are not meant to be exhaustive and represent only some of the courses that are offered in different graduate programs.

Required core course:

  • An introductory course to second language acquisition (approved by advisor)

Questions? Please contact Professor Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm (