The Applied Linguistics Program offers a solid foundation in linguistic theory and practice. This interdepartmental program provides opportunities for study in the core areas of linguistics, as well as studies with an applied orientation. It is particularly appropriate for students with interests in first language acquisition and development, and linguistic theory and description.
The program includes faculty from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (Departments of Anthropology, Philosophy, Psychology, Romance Studies, Sociology, and English), the School of Education, and the College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College (Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences).
The Applied Linguistics Program sponsors the annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, organized by graduate students in the program, which is a major international forum for discussion of language acquisition research.
The Applied Linguistics Library has a good collection of recent books and journals and provides pleasant workspace for graduate students.