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. Summaries of these programs and links to full program descriptions are provided below.
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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 analysis 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.
Speech and Language Pathology students are active in the QC chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
BA in General Linguistics
In this program students study the phonological, semantic, syntactic,
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.
BA in Applied Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
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
BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders
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 Queens Hall 300A or the Speech-Language-Hearing
Center in the Gertz Building.
Minor in Linguistics
The department also offers an 18-credit minor in Linguistics.