Joint Concentrations

Gender and Women's Studies
Latin American and Latino Studies
Second Language Teaching

Gender and Women’s Studies
Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling for a concentration in gender and women’s studies after consulting with their graduate advisor. Students pursuing this concentration must apply to the director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and obtain approval from a gender and women’s within the department of the degree, who becomes the student’s gender and women’s studies advisor. Students should enroll in a total of 16 hours of graduate course work, including GWS 501 and GWS 502, plus eight additional hours of gender and women’s studies or crosslisted courses at the graduate level. Up to four of these hours can be directed study or thesis research on an appropriate topic approved by the student’s gender and women’s studies advisor.

For more information, please contact Professor Judith Keegan Gardiner.

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Latin American and Latino Studies
Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling for a concentration in Latin American/Latino studies. Students must take at least 16 hours of course work approved by the student’s advisor for the concentration, of which 4 hours must be the core seminar LALS 501. The remaining 12 hours may come from courses offered by the Latin American/Latino Studies Program or cross-listed courses, departmental offerings with Latin American or Latino content, or independent study courses chosen in consultation with the advisor. Up to 8 hours may be taken in the home discipline, although students are encouraged to take advantage of the multidisciplinary nature of the concentration. Doctoral students may not apply dissertation credit (ENGL 599) toward concentration electives. Doctoral students are encouraged, but not required, to elect a dissertation topic related to Latin America or Latinos in the United States.

For more information, contact Professor Ralph Cintron.

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Second Language Teaching
The Interdepartmental Concentration is intended for those graduate students whose primary research and teaching interests lie in literary, cultural and linguistic studies in English, Spanish, French, German, and other languages. It will provide them with advanced education in the processes of language learning and approaches to language teaching, including the teaching of composition.

The concentration is an option in addition to the candidate’s regular course of study and is not intended as a replacement for requirements in individual degree programs. It consists of four courses that are chosen from particular areas of study useful to the development of the candidate’s knowledge and skill in language teaching. These areas are Introduction to Language Teaching, Foundations in Second Language Acquisition, and Specific or Special Topics in Language Teaching.

  • Concentration Requirements
    Candidates interested in the Interdepartmental Concentration in Second Language Teaching must take a total of four courses to be distributed in the following way:
    • one course from Category A: Introduction to Language Teaching
    • one course from Category B: Foundations in Second Language Acquisition
    • one course from Category C: Special or Specific Topics in Language Learning and Teaching
    • one additional course from either Category B or C

    Category A: Introduction to Language Teaching
    Courses include SPAN/FRN 502 (Theoretical and Research Foundations of Communicative Language Teaching); GER 407 (Theoretical and Research Foundations of Communicative Language Teaching); and LING 483 (Methodology of TESOL)

    Category B: Foundations in SLA
    Courses include LING/SPAN 556 (Second Language Learning); and SPAN 557 (Theories in Second Language Acquisition)

    Category C: Special/Specific Topics in Language Learning and Teaching
    Courses include LING 583 (Materials and Curriculum Development in TESOL); LING 586 (Classroom Testing); LING 559 (Seminar in Linguistics); GER 531 (Seminar in Special Topics)*; GER 572 (The Role of Reading in Second Language Acquisition); and SPAN 507 (Seminar in Second Language Acquisition & Bilingualism)*

    *when content is focused on one of the categories for the concentration

    At least three courses must be taken in residence at UIC.
    Concentration is awarded upon successful completion of an approved graduate program.

    Application for the Interdepartmental Concentration in Second Language Teaching
    A graduate student may indicate at any time his or her intention to pursue the Interdepartmental Concentration by notifying Professor Richard Cameron. No formal application is required; the only restriction is that the student may not be enrolled in a degree program in Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition. During the semester in which the student believes he or she will complete the required coursework, the student will fill out a form, which will be reviewed by the Concentration Committee.

    For further information, contact Professor Richard Cameron.

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