Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism


The American Association for Applied Linguistics (our discipline's main international organization) defines Applied Linguistics as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that addresses a broad range of language-related issues in order to understand their roles in the lives of individuals and conditions in society. It draws on a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches from various disciplines–from the humanities to the social and natural sciences–as it develops its own knowledge-base about language, its users and uses, and their underlying social and material conditions.

Accordingly, the undergraduate major in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at UCSC is an interdisciplinary major, drawing on knowledge from Anthropology, Cognitive Sciences, Education, Languages, Linguistics, Psychology, and Sociology.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A.

Study and Research Opportunities

Opportunities for study in over 40 countries through the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP).

Information for First-Year Students (Freshmen)

In addition to completing the courses required for admission to the University of California, high school students who plan to major in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at UC Santa Cruz should try to acquire as much foreign language proficiency as possible before coming to UC Santa Cruz.

Information for Transfers

Transfer students who intend to major in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism should complete two collegiate years of one foreign language or beyond. In addition, students will find it helpful to have completed general education requirements.

While it is not a condition of admission, transfer students will find it useful to complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in preparation for transfer to UC Santa Cruz. Transfer course agreements and articulation between the University of California and California community colleges can be accessed on the ASSIST.ORG website.


  • Applied Linguistics Professor
  • Applied Research Scientist, Text Understanding (e.g., with Facebook)
  • Assessment Specialist (e.g., with Rosetta Stone)
  • Bilingual K-12 Teacher (requires licensing)
  • Communication Analyst (for public or private companies)
  • Copy Editor
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Forensic Linguistics (e.g., language specialist for the FBI, court interpreters)
  • Language Resource Person (e.g., protecting endangered languages)
  • Language Specialist at Google, Apple, Duolingo, Babel, etc.
  • Linguistic Annotator at High-Tech Company
  • Peace Corp Volunteer (and later employee)
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Study Abroad Officer (at a university or private company)
  • Teaching English as a Second or Additional Language
  • Teaching Foreign Languages (Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Yiddish, etc.)
  • Technical Writer
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Writer for a multilingual/multinational law firm


Education Abroad Programs are available in over 40 countries throughout the world. Please see the UCSC Study Abroad website or more information about the UCSC Education Abroad Program. Students receiving financial aid can apply their award to a program abroad.

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Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics
218 Cowell College
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California 95064
(831) 459-2054