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Department of Second Language Studies

Minor in Second Language Studies

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements SLSTMIN
The Minor in Second Language Studies provides an applied science approach to second languages, enhancing students' preparation for: jobs abroad; international relations; global business; language professions; and language learning.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Core Course. One (1) course:
    • SLST-S 301 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
  2. Advanced Electives. Two (2) courses:
    • SLST-S 302 The Successful Language Learner
    • SLST-S 304 Language Revitalization
    • SLST-S 305 Second Language Acquisition and Language Instruction
    • SLST-S 306 Acquiring New Language Systems
    • SLST-S 308 English Grammar and Second Language Acquisition
    • SLST-S 312 New Sounds: Foreign Accents and Pronunciation in a Second Language
    • SLST-S 319 Special Topics in Second Language Studies
    • SLST-S 331 Heritage Language Acquisition
  3. Additional Electives. Two (2) courses:
    • Additional course(s) from the Advanced Electives list above
    • SLST-S 111 Multilingualism and Society
    • SLST-S 112 Multilingualism and the Brain
    • SLST-S 150 Voices of America and Voices of the World
    • SLST-S 204 Language and (In)Tolerance in the US
    • SLST-S 213 Multilingual Brain and Behavior Research Experience
    • COLL-C 104 Critical Approaches to the Social and Historical Studies (approved topic: "Language Hotspots and Biodiversity")
  4. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.