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Applied Language Studies (English, B.A.)

The Applied Language Studies (APLS) concentration focuses on the scientific study of language, with an emphasis on using linguistics to address real-world problems. Through the APLS curriculum, students learn the basic structural features that comprise all languages. Students at ODU who choose the B.A. or Minor in English with an APLS emphasis explore the influence of language on society by examining its use in authentic contexts. The scope of APLS also allows students to investigate first language acquisition and second language learning; social, regional, and global language varieties; discourse and conversation analysis; language and gender; the origins and development of the English language; and cross-cultural communication differences.

Applied Language Studies (English, B.A.)


Description


What is Applied Language Studies at ODU like?

The Applied Language Studies (APLS) concentration focuses on the scientific study of language, with an emphasis on using linguistics to address real-world problems. Through the APLS curriculum, students learn the basic structural features that comprise all languages. Students at ODU who choose the B.A. or Minor in English with an APLS emphasis explore the influence of language on society by examining its use in authentic contexts. The scope of APLS also allows students to investigate first language acquisition and second language learning; social, regional, and global language varieties; discourse and conversation analysis; language and gender; the origins and development of the English language; and cross-cultural communication differences.

Program Highlights


What makes Applied Language Studies at ODU unique?

  • A "portable" degree that prepares students for success in multiple 21st-century professions and disciplines

  • Focus is on applied language in multiple contexts and complements other majors in the College of Arts and Letters, Colleges of Business, Engineering, Education, and Sciences

  • Opportunities for hands-on learning experiences and original research

  • Innovative topics courses

  • Faculty specialists in a number of areas of applied linguistics, including second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and dialect study, applied discourse analysis, and corpus analysis

  • Small class sizes, individualized faculty attention

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

$77,660

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Computer and Information Research Scientists

$119,570

MEDIAN SALARY


Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other

$83,230

MEDIAN SALARY


All social scientists and related workers not listed separately.

Interpreters and Translators

$51,790

MEDIAN SALARY


Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Applied Language Studies at ODU?

ENGL 350:
Aspects of the English Language


An introduction to the grammar of mainstream English. Primary focus is on analyzing English sentences, including study of parts of speech, phrases, clauses, and sentence types. Prerequisites: Six credit hours of general education composition courses, junior standing or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 370:
English Linguistics


A survey of topics in English linguistics. Topics include the sound system, the structure of words, the ways in which words and phrases form meaningful utterances, the structure of conversations, differences between spoken and written English, language acquisition by children, language variation, and language in its social context. Prerequisites: 6-hour general education composition requirement or permission of instructor.

ENGL 371W:
Communication Across Cultures


An interdisciplinary examination of intercultural communication through film and readings in anthropology, linguistics, and world literature, this course will compare the values, beliefs, social structures and conventions of a number of cultures to those of the U.S. This course is part of the World Cultures interdisciplinary minor. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C, or permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Applied Language Studies at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Arts program in Applied Language Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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Office:

757-683-3998


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MASTER LECTURER


Name:

Beth Backes


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5036 BATTERN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5306


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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