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Applied Linguistics, B.A.

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Pursue career success in a broad range of fields with your Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics from Ashford University. Discover the structure of language, how it is learned, the uses of computer-mediated communication, and the language-related social issues that impact individuals and policy.
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In the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics from Ashford University, you will identify, investigate, and offer solutions to language-related, real-life problems. Students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to address language-related issues, thereby improving the lives of individuals and conditions in society.

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics prepares you to address such issues as: how language can best be learned and taught, social factors that affect language learning and usage, language-related social issues and how they impact public policy, and how technology and language acquisition are intersecting in the 21st century. Upon completion of your Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics degree program, you will be able to:

  • Examine the overall theories and purposes of linguistic study and research
  • Analyze how language is acquired
  • Predict the use of language-related technologies and their impact on professions
  • Assess the interdisciplinary connections between language, culture, and community
  • Analyze the principles and processes of Linguistics fields, such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, computational/corpus linguistics, and historical linguistics
  • Interpret the policy issues and sociological aspects of applied linguistics
  • Develop a capstone research paper exemplifying the ability to apply theoretical knowledge, and research, and technological skills in preparation for a career in the field

Some fields that you could enter with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics include:

  • Speech-recognition technology and software development
  • Communications
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Military Language Instructor (MLI)
  • Interpreting and Translating
  • Sales and Research in Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Language Documentation and Fieldwork
  • Publishing (Technical Writing and Journalism)
  • Advertising
  • Business/Management
  • Corporate Training

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details:
    • The academic calendar is continuous, rather than defined by semesters. Opportunities to enroll in an undergraduate program are available most every week. 
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Duration description

      5 Week Courses

  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Attendance
      No Attendance

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Language
  • Sounds of Language
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Structures of Language
  • Language and Power: An Introduction to Discourse Analysis

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Earned an equivalent to a US high school diploma at an international high school according to approved Foreign Evaluation services.

  • Qualified applicants will self-certify as to their high school education on the application for admission. Ashford University will also require that an applicant or student provide a high school transcript, high school diploma, and/or evidence of passing the GED or state certificate awarded.
  • Failure to provide documentation by Day 7 of Week 3 will result in the student being denied admission.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    510 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    510 USD/credit
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