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Bachelor of Arts in English: Concentration in Linguistics San Francisco State University



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Linguistics is a concentration within the English BA. At the undergraduate level, students begin to explore the patterns of sounds, words, sentences, and conversations in a variety of languages and speech communities. What similarities are found between English, Spanish, and Swahili, for example? What patterns do Turkish and Japanese share? How can you characterize the difference between “empty” and “hollow” when the dictionary lists them as synonyms? How do conversations among teenagers in San Francisco differ from conversations among 40-year-olds?

Students interested in any field involving language analysis — including but not limited to law, education, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and linguistics — benefit from preparation in examining language data with the rigorous methods of the discipline. Students who plan to teach language to gain a valuable background in the structure of English along with a deeper understanding of how languages are acquired. Undergraduate majors are encouraged to take courses in other languages as well as courses investigating language from the perspectives of other fields, such as speech and communication, psychology, computer science, and anthropology.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to differentiate how language use varies across the contexts and genres of professional writing and rhetoric, literature, and linguistics. (Disciplinary Knowledge)
  • Students will be able to formulate and pursue methodologically sound lines of inquiry, effectively placing their ideas side by side the ideas of others, drawing persuasively on credible primary and secondary sources. (Research)
  • Students will be able to produce rhetorically effective texts across a range of digital, print, and multimedia formats. (Written Communication/Digital Literacy)
  • Students will be able to carefully read and critically examine the ways in which culture and global context affect language, literature, and writing. (Global Perspectives)
  • Students will be able to analyze language and texts in relation to the historical and social contexts in which they are situated. (Historical Thinking)
  • Students will be able to apply critical thinking, close reading, and rhetorical persuasion to engage productively and ethically in scholarly, civic, and professional communities. (Application & Engagement)
  • Students in the linguistics concentration will be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the fundamental linguistic subfields of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and sociolinguistics.
  • Students in the linguistics concentration will be able to analyze grammatical aspects of English and other languages unfamiliar to them.
  • Students in the linguistics concentration will be able to produce a field-appropriate research paper conforming to all writing conventions, citation conventions, and structural conventions in linguistics research.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Arts in English: Concentration in Linguistics.

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$16,944.00 (12,41,985) per year


23-Aug-21, 24-Jan-22


College of Liberal and Creative Arts

1600 Holloway Ave,



94132, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Complete a secondary/high school curriculum that totals 12 years of primary-secondary education, be qualified to enter a university in your home country and have a good scholastic record from an accredited/recognized school. Have a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in the 4.0 grading scale or B- average in academic courses completed after 9th grade.

TOEFL score of at least 61, IELTS score of at least 6.0 or PTE score of at least 45 is required.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.


Here are some scholarship that are available at San Francisco State University.

Jim Kohn Scholarship Award

Value of scholarship


Application details:

For further information, please contact the university website.

Eligibility requirements:

To support deserving graduate students in the Language Studies program of the English Department.
Criteria: Applicants must have completed one semester in the MA Tesol or MA Linguistics program. Financial Need as reported by the applicants. Renewable up to a total of three years.
Major: Single: English/Language Studies (Tesol or Linguistics),

Who can apply:

All international

TESOL Legacy Fellowship

Value of scholarship


Application details:

For further information, please contact the university website

Eligibility requirements:

To support students in the graduate TESOL program who have demonstrated commitment to and involvement with the M.A. TESOL Program and/or students starting the program in fall semester who show exceptional promise to make important contributions to the field of TESOL based on past or current experience.
1) Students who qualify for this scholarship must self-describe financial need.
2) Preference to be given to students who have demonstrated commitment to and involvement  with the M.A. TESOL Program and/or who show promise as professionals in the field base on past or current experience.
Major: Single: English/Language Studies M.A TESOL

Who can apply:

All international

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