What is English Language?

You may be thinking, “Isn’t that the same as the English major?”.  This is a common misconception.  The English Language major, different from the English major, focuses on the detailed linguistic study of the English Language as it occurs in actual use across communities and throughout history.  This major focuses on the analysis of the structure and use of the English Language.  Analysis of the English Language includes sounds, grammar, vocabulary, historical changes, social and regional variations, register, standardization, and other social aspects. Graduates of the English Language will gain a detailed knowledge of the English Language and language-based analytical skills.

The English Language major  provides a valuable set of information and develops underlying language-based analytical skills.  develops underlying language-based analytical skills for students preparing for professions such as law, business, and medicine; for students preparing to be editors; for English and English as a Second Language teachers; and for those preparing to be linguists, philologists, and translators (where English is one of the languages involved).

The English Language major has 5 suggested areas of emphasis:

  • Historical English Linguistics
  • Pre-professional Studies (for professions such as law, business, and medicine)
  • TESOL (in conjunction with a TESOL minor)
  • English Language Studies
  • Textual analysis

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