Welcome to UCLA Department of Applied Linguistics
UCLA is a dynamic place to study applied linguistics, a discipline that investigates language with relevance to issues in the everyday world. Situated in discursive and interactional contexts, language is essential to all aspects of life from personal to social. Interdisciplinary in nature, applied linguistics sheds new light on the nature of language and language use.
The UCLA Department of Applied Linguistics is at the forefront of research in the field of applied linguistics, and offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Ph.D. degrees, as well as an undergraduate minor and a graduate certificate program. The faculty includes affiliated members in the Departments of Anthropology, Asian Languages and Cultures, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Education, Linguistics, Psychology, and Sociology. Their participation reinforces the interdisciplinary nature of applied linguistics research, and represents a wide range of expertise and experience in language-related research.
The Department of Applied Linguistics also houses UCLA's African Languages program, which offers students the opportunity to become proficient in African languages and the cultures of African language speakers. The African Languages program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as 8-week summer language intensive courses, which provide students with one academic year's worth of a foreign language.