Linguistics and Literacy (A.A.)

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The Department of Academic Literacy and Linguistics (ALL) offers an Associate in Arts (AA) degree in Linguistics and Literacy. The Linguistics and Literacy program aims to foster a critical appreciation of language while helping students to understand the relationship between linguistics and literacy. Students will understand systems of language; engage in scholarly debates about key theories of language and literacy acquisition; analyze and interpret linguistics and literacy phenomena and events; and interact with theories about language, identity (e.g., race, gender), and culture.

This program will prepare students for 21st century careers in education and related fields, including linguistics, speech pathology, education, publishing, journalism, law, marketing, and public relations.

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Concentration

BMCC offers a TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) concentration through the Literacy and Linguistics program, The Linguistics and Literacy program is administered by the Academic Literacy and Linguistics Department and the TESOL concentration majors are advised by the Teacher Education Department. The program combines both linguistics and education courses to prepare students to become teachers of English to speakers of other languages. TESOL students learn how to teach English Language Learners (ELLs) in the elementary and secondary schools.

The program is designed for a seamless transfer to the teacher education program at Queens College. Students are advised to visit the Teacher Education department to discuss their plans for transferring to a four-year college before choosing their courses. For more information, please contact Professor Ruth Guirguis, at

Transfer Options

Students completing this program can transfer seamlessly into the B.A. degree in Linguistics at Lehman College/CUNY or the B.A. degree in General Linguistics at Queens College/CUNY without the loss of credits.

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BMCC is committed to  students’ long-term success and will help you explore professional opportunities. Undecided? No problem. The college offers Career Coach for salary and employment information, job postings and a self-discovery assessment to help students find their academic and career paths. Visit Career Express to make an appointment with a career advisor, search for jobs or sign-up for professional development activities with the Center for Career Development. Students can also visit the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning to gain real world experience in preparation for a four-year degree and beyond. These opportunities are available to help BMCC students build a foundation for future success.

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Required Common Core

Flexible Core

Curriculum Requirements

Concentration Requirements (see below) 24 CRS.
Total Curriculum Requirements
Total Program Requirements

General Concentration


Choose One Language and Diversity Elective

Choose One Language and Learning Elective

Choose One Research Elective

Choose One of the following Advised Electives:

Choose additional Advised Elective from following for a total of 6 credits:

CRT xxx Advanced CRT course 3
XXX xxx Modern Language Courses4 0-3
XXX xxx General Electives6 0-3

TESOL/Applied Linguistics Concentration

1 CR
General Electives6


Please note, these requirements are effective the 2024-2025 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.


  1. Students intending to transfer to Lehman College under this agreement are strongly recommended to take MAT 150 – Introduction to Statistics to complete this requirement.
  2. Students in the TESOL/Applied Linguistics concentration are strongly recommended to take PSY 100 to complete this requirement.
  3. Students in the TESOL/Applied Linguistics concentration are strongly recommended to take HIS 120 and HIS 125 (6 credits) to satisfy this requirement. Students in the General concentration are strongly recommend to take 3 credits to satisfy this requirement.
  4. Students in the General concentration must take two semesters of the same Modern language. These credits can be satisfied in the Common Core – World Cultures and Global Issues ara.
  5. Students in the TESOL/Applied Linguistics concentration are advised to take one semester of a Modern Language.
  6. These credits can be satisfied by taking STEM variants in the Common Core.

Academic Literacy and Linguistics Dept.

199 Chambers Street, Room N-499
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-1396

Hours of Operation:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m