Undergraduate Programs in Linguistics
Undergraduate Program Director: Prof. José Elías-Ulloa
Note: If you would like to talk to the UG Program Director about declaring your major/minor or deciding what courses to take next semester, please click here to make an appointment.
TESOL Education Program Director: Annette Shideler
Department Administrator: Sandra Brennan
Linguistics is the science of language. Language is at once the most diverse and the most clearly structured aspect of human behavior. It distinguishes humans from other species, and much of human culture depends on it. Understanding the nature of human language is, therefore, a key to understanding human nature. Linguists seek to discover the common features of the languages of the world, to understand how languages change over time and how language relates to other aspects of human society.The Department of Linguistics offers a major in Linguistics, a minor in Linguistics, as well as a program leading to initial certification in TESOL (PreK-12) and a 5-year combined BA/MA-TESOL program.
The Linguistics Major and Minor
The major in linguistics is designed to provide graduates with a set of skills and a body of knowledge. A graduate will have the skills to analyze the most important features of language: sounds, words, sentences, and conversation, using both formal and experimental methods. Students will also learn what linguists know about the languages of the world, their history and structure, and how language interacts with many facets of culture.
Courses in Linguistics
The department offers a wide range of courses on linguistics.
- List of Undergraduate Courses in Linguistics
- Spring 2017 Undergraduate Courses in Linguistics
- Summer 2017 Undergraduate Courses in Linguistics
- Fall 2017 Undergraduate Courses in Linguistics
- Winter 2018 Undergraduate Courses in Linguistics
- Spring 2018 Undergraduate Courses in Linguistics (coming soon!)
(Note: summer and winter courses are subject to cancellation depending on the number of students enrolled.)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
The TESOL program prepares students to become Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESL/TESOL). The thorough foundation in general linguistics that characterizes our program serves our teacher candidates well in their development as professionals. Additionally, the Stony Brook University program is unique on Long Island in its emphasis on data-driven curriculum design and the integration of technology specifically focused on the needs of English Language Learners. Our students are sought after by local districts familiar with the quality of our graduates.
- Requirements for the Linguistics Major with TESOL Certification
- Five-Year Accelerated BA/MA Program with TESOL Certification
- Professional Education Program in TESOL
We have a highly selective Honors Program for our best and most motivated undergraduates. Students who graduate with Honors in Linguistics must write and publicly present a senior thesis based on research performed during the senior year. For more information, please contact the Undergraduate Program Director.
Undergraduate Linguistics Club
The Department has a very active Undergraduate Linguistics Club where Linguistics majors and minors engage in a wide variety of activities to further explore the field of Linguistics.
Graduates of our program have gone on to use their skills in a variety of fields. Many are teaching ESL or languages other than English in public schools, colleges, universities, or in numerous educational settings abroad. Others are working as Speech and Language Pathologists or in other health professions. Some alumni have careers in business, publishing, journalism, or the computer industry, particularly speech synthesis. Some recent graduates are enrolled in PhD programs in Linguistics.
- Stony Brook Undergraduate Bulletin
- Stony Brook Ungergraduate Bulletin: Linguistics
- Professional Education Program
- Professional Education Program: TESOL