Department of Linguistics
Linguistics is the science of language. Linguistics majors study the nature of language, the similarities and differences among languages, the physical mechanisms of human languages (both spoken and signed), acquisition of languages, and socialization through languages. Areas include anthropological linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and applied linguistics, including teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).
The Department of Linguistics at CSULB offers an undergraduate major and minor in Linguistics, a graduate level Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and the M.A. with four options: General Linguistics, Language and Culture, TESOL, and Special Concentration. Students in the Special Concentration choose their own focus, such as teaching Spanish, Japanese, or Chinese; Computational Linguistics; or Psycholinguistics.