Linguistics and Literacy

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. 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.

Linguistics and Literacy Program 2 Year Plan (2018-2019)

Linguistics and Literacy Program 3 Year Plan (2018-2019)

Required Common Core

English Composition 6
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning 3
Life and Physical Sciences 3
Total Required Common Core 12


Flexible Core

Creative Expression 3
World Culture & Global Issues 6
U.S. Experience in its Diversity 3
Individual and Society 3
Scientific World 3
Total Flexible Core 18
Total Common Core 30


Curriculum Requirements

LIN 101 Introduction to Linguistics 3
LIN 110 Structure of English 3
LIN 130 Sounds of English 3
Language & Diversity Elective 3
Choose one course from the following:  
LIN 100/ ANT 115 Language and Culture  
LIN 140 World/Global Englishes  
LIN 150 Language, Race, and Ethnicity in the US and its Territories  
Language & Learning Elective 3
Choose one course from the following:  
ACR 200 Literacy Practices: Birth through Adolescence  
ACR 250 Issues in Language & Literacy Development  
LIN 200 Language Acquisition  
LIN 210 Bilingualism  
LIN 220 Theory and Practices of Language Teaching  
Research Elective 3
Choose one course from the following:  
LIN 240 Language & Power  
LIN 250 Forensic Linguistics  
LIN 300 Language, Gender, & Sexuality  
Advised Electives 3
Choose one course from the following:  
AFN 321 African-American Writing from 18th Century to 1940  
AFN 322 Contemporary Black Writers  
AFN 338 Black Literature of the Caribbean  
ENG 334 Children’s Literature  
ENG 336 Postcolonial Literature  
LAT 338
Latino/a Literature in the US  
ENG/ASN 339 Asian American Literature  
ENG 340 Middle Eastern Literature  
ENG 346 Queer Literature  
ENG 353 Women in Literature  
ENG 360 Italian American Literature  
ENG 393 Jewish Literature  
Advised Electives 3
Choose one course from the following:  
ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology  
COM 255 Intercultural Communication  
COM 265 Gender & Communication  
CRT 100 Critical Thinking  
CRT xxx Advanced CRT course  
EDB 202 Schools in Linguistically Diverse American Society  
EDU 201 Observing Children & Their Development  
EDU 202 Urban Schools in a Diverse American Society  
PHI 110 Logic  
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology  
PSY 200 Social Psychology  
PSY 240 Developmental Psychology  
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology  
SPE 103 Voice & Articulation  
SPE 210 Oral Interpretation  
XXX xxx Modern Language Courses2 0–6
General Elective3 0–6
Total Curriculum Credits 30
Total Program Credits 60

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 are required to take two semesters of the same Modern Language. These credits can be satisfied in the Common Core – World Cultures and Global Issues area.
3. These credits can be satisfied by taking STEM variants in the Common Core.

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