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The Department of Applied Linguistics at Penn State's University Park campus is part of the College of the Liberal Arts. In teaching, research and service, our mission is to advance understandings of language use and language learning from a range of anthropological, sociological, and psychological perspectives.

Our faculty are committed to teaching and mentoring students. They are recognized worldwide for their topically and geographically diverse research involving a broad spectrum of languages and settings. Areas of specialization include classroom discourse and learning; corpus linguistics; discourse analysis; language and cognition; language, health, and aging; second and foreign language and literacy teaching and learning; sociocultural theory; technology and language learning; teacher education and world Englishes.

The department offers two graduate degrees: 

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics
Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language


The department offers the following non-degree programs and certificates:

TESOL Minor for undergraduate students
Courses for International Teaching Assistants (ITA)
ESL Program Specialist Certificate
ESL/EAP Courses
Intensive English Courses (IECP)