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Undergraduate programs

The department takes great pride in its highly ranked undergraduate programs, and in its diverse and dynamic student body. The department offers undergraduate degree programs in three areas of language science--General Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Communication Sciences and disorders. Program descriptions for these three majors appear below. See our complete list of course descriptions for our undergraduate programs.

Recent graduates of our programs have gone on to careers in ESL teaching, translation, and graduate programs in Speech and Language Pathology and Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. The training in problem solving, critical thinking, quantitative analyisis and writing provided in our programs also prepare our students for successful careers in a variety of fields and many of our graduates choose professional paths in business and other areas unrelated to language sciences. See below for more on career paths for LCD students.

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Major in General Linguistics

For students who matriculated at Queens College in Fall 2012 or later

In this program students study the phonological, semantic, syntactic, and morphological aspects of language. They learn the linguistic, psycholinguistic, and sociolinguistic principles underlying language acquisition, especially the acquisition of languages beyond those learned in infancy and early childhood. They analyze the complexities in the structure and social use of languages both in monolingual and multilingual populations. For more information on what Linguists do and what career opportunities are available for Linguists, see the "Why Major in Linguistics? (and what does a linguist do?)" flyer produced by the Linguistics Society of America and/or make an appointment with an advisor.

Requirements for the Major

  • Satisfactory completion of the following 39 credits:
    • LCD 101, 102, 116, 120, 130, 205, 220, 360 
    • LCD 144 or 288 
    • Four elective courses from the following list: any LCD course; ANTH 104, 280, 289, 380, 389; PHIL 109
  • No course will count toward this major with a grade lower than C-.

Advisement

  • Students must call or visit the LCD office to arrange an advisement session with the Program Director. This should be done as early as possible, but no later than the first Fall semester of study in the major.
  • In the first Fall semester of study in the major, students must take the following courses (if not taken previously): LCD 101, 102, 116, 120, and 130.
  • Subsequent course sequencing will be established at the advisement session.

Undergraduate Major in Applied Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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For students who matriculated at Queens College in Fall 2012 or later

This program prepares students for an Initial Certificate to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in New York State public schools (all grades).  The curriculum is grounded in the study of the structure of human language in general and English in particular, and addresses issues of language acquisition, literacy, educational technology, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics.  The program emphasizes involvement with both elementary and secondary schools: it pro­vides a student teaching course and field experiences in two methods courses at both levels.

In order to qualify for an Initial Certificate in ESOL, students must undertake the following course work: (1) the general Queens College degree requirements (see  Academic Advising Center); (2) Course Work in Liberal Arts (see below); (3) Requirements for the Major (see below).

Course Work in Liberal Arts

  • The following two courses in American History: HIST 103 and 104
  • 12 credits of study in a foreign language (includes American Sign Language)

Part or all of the above course work may be satisfied by study toward the general Queens College degree requirements.

Requirements for the Major

  • Satisfactory completion of the following 62 credits:  LCD 101, 102, 116,120, 130, 205, 206, 220, 240, 241, 307, 312, 340, 341, 342, SEYS 201W, 221; EECE 310; ECPSE 350.
  • No course will count toward the major with a grade lower than C-.
  • Passing the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) of the LCD department prior to taking LCD 240.  Proficiency is evaluated by the faculty based on a short written narrative and a taped interview with a faculty member.  The ELPT should be taken in the same semester as LCD 101.
  • Satisfying New York State certification requirements; see departmental advisor for details.

Advisement

  • Students must call or visit the LCD office to arrange an advisement session with a departmental advisor.  This should be done as early as possible, but no later than the first Fall semester of study in the major.
  • In the first Fall semester of study in the major, students must take the following courses (if not taken previously): LCD 101, 102, 116, 120, and 130. 
  • By the end of the first Fall semester of study in the major, students should have completed  as many of SEYS 201W, 221, and EECE 310 as possible.
  • Subsequent course sequencing will be established at the advisement session.

Minors in Linguistics

The department also offers an 18-credit minor in Linguistics, most suitable for majors in the following Departments:

For advisement, please contact the LCD office.

Undergraduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Students who wish to become Communication Sciences and Disorders majors (Code 100-Speech Pathology) must formally apply to be admitted to the major. To apply, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B) and 24 completed credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Transfer students must be both admitted by Queens College and the major before registration into any major courses. Transfer students may apply the semester prior to matriculation.  Applications for the major may be downloaded from this website, or obtained in the LCD Department office in Kissena 349 or the Speech-Language-Hearing Center in the Gertz Building.


Students are admitted into the major several times a year. See the application deadlines and cycles for the current academic year below. Applicants who qualify for admission go though a competitive review.  The number of students admitted in any given cycle is dependent on the available space in the major. Consequently, all qualified students may not be admitted to the major in a given semester.   

Application deadlines for taking Fall 2014 Courses

Spring 2014 Classes:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Monday, January 6, 2014

Fall 2014 Classes:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014

Late applications may be accepted between 6/9/14 and 8/8/14 depending on seat availability. 

Retention requirements in the major

There are minimum grade requirements in the 100- and 200-level courses offered in Communication Sciences and Disorders within the LCD Department. Students must get an average (GPA) of 2.6 or better across three introductory courses (LCD 105, 106, 110). Only one of these courses may be retaken one time to achieve this 2.6 average. Students must earn a B- or better in each of three 200-level courses (LCD 207, 208, 216). Only one of these 200-level courses can be retaken one time. Students coming into Queens College with transfer credits for these courses must submit an official transcript showing the grade for that course. Transfer grades must meet the grade requirements for the CSD major, or the course must be retaken. In the case of retakes, the transfer credit will be forfeited for that course.

Professional preparation in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

The professional preparation for careers in speech language pathology and audiologist is accomplished exclusively at the graduate level. Students interested in pursuing careers in speech-language pathology or audiology should contact the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and speak with their advisors.

Registering for courses

a. Majors register into courses during regular registration periods in CUNYfirst. Majors should check with the LCD office or the Speech-Language-Hearing Center three weeks prior to the scheduled registration period. There may be a special pre-registration process for some students in any given semester.

b. Some courses may be offered in Summer Session I, which begins in the first week in June. Because of the short span of time from the end of the spring semester to the beginning of June, grades from your spring semester courses may not be available for proof of prerequisites. If you are confident that you will fulfill the prerequisites, then register for Summer Session I. If you are not sure, then you are running a risk in enrolling for Summer Session I. 

Dual Majors and Minors in Linguistics

Communication Sciences and Disorders students can also major in Linguistics even though we are in the same department. The only restriction is that a given course cannot be used to satisfy both major and minor requirements. A suggested minor in general Linguistics is described below. Students with particular interests may substitute other courses with their advisor’s approval. To receive credit for a minor, students must register the minor with the Registrar’s Office.

18 credit Minor in Linguistics for students majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders:

The following three courses:
LCD 101: Introduction to Language ** [see NOTE]
LCD 120: Syntax I
LCD 220: Syntax II

A minimum of two courses from the following:
LCD 209: Language and Mind
LCD 240: Second Language Acquisition
LCD 306: Semantics and Pragmatics
LCD 320: Syntactic Theory

** NOTE: LCD 101 fulfills one of the Humanities III LASAR requirements.  It is not required for the Communication Sciences and Disorders students, but it is strongly recommended.

Sample course sequence

(Courses marked with an * may be taken during any semester.)

First & Second Semesters

  • LCD 105. Introduction to Psycholinguistics
  • LCD 106. Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • LCD 110. Phonetics
  • Course(s) from related areas*
     

Third Semester

  • LCD 207. Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Language
  • LCD 216. Language Acquisition
  • LCD 283. Quantitative Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders (or equiv.)*
  • Course(s)from related areas*
     

Fourth Semester

  • LCD 208. Hearing Science
  • LCD 316. Language and Communication in the School-Aged Child
  • LCD 322. Disorders of Speech or LCD 323. Disorders of Language
  • Course(s) from related areas*
     

Fifth Semester

  • LCD 309. Speech Science
  • LCD 322. Disorders of Speech or LCD 323. Disorders of Language
  • LCD 330. Audiology I
  • Course(s) from related areas*
     

Sixth Semester (If Needed)

  • Course(s) from related areas*
 
 
     



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