Applied Linguistics Curriculum

Current Curriculum being implemented:


Area of Concentration: Language Communication & Media Studies

**Proposed Revision of the Curriculum**

Please note that the curriculum approved in 2012 (see above) is still being implemented as this proposed curriculum is still undergoing review by the Commission on Higher Education.


This proposed curriculum of the Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics is arguably a first of its kind in the country. It articulates the program’s alignment to national and international trends in language communication studies by adopting a multilingual perspective in teaching and research (i.e., not solely focused on the English language, or ‘language’ per se as we know it, but on various semiotic resources as well). It departs from the language education-focused Applied Linguistics programs common in the country by articulating its affinity with its undergraduate base, BA Communication. Since most, if not all, communication and media management and education entails the use of language as a medium, message, and channel, we believe that it is only fitting that highly specialized training on linguistic and discursive sensitivity be a necessary step forward to a successful career in the teaching, communication, and media industry.

While an Applied Linguistics program with a focus on communication and media is nothing new in Europe and North America, this curricular blueprint is hoped to also address communication-related needs within the University’s service community. It adopts a more liberal approach to graduate education, allowing relative flexibility to students who would wish to pursue language communication research on topics of their interest.

A. Foundation Courses (12 units)

STAT201: Advanced Statistics (3 units)

AL201: Introduction to Language Studies (3 units)

AL202: Critical Survey of Language & Communication Theories (3 units)

AL 299: Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (3 units)

B. Major Courses (15 units)

AL211: Structure of Language I: Phonetics & Phonology (3)

AL212: Structure of Language II: Morphology & Syntax (3)

AL215: Semantics & Discourse Studies (3)

AL220: Sociolinguistics (3)

AL290: Contemporary Issues in Language Communication in the Philippines (3)

C. Elective Courses (9 units or any 3 of the following)

AL230: Philosophy of Language (3)

AL240: Psycholinguistics (3)

AL250: Language & Communication Teaching & Testing (3)

COM206: Communication & Management (3)

COM225: Language Communication & Gender (3)

COM230: Communication and Media Discourse Stylistics (3)

LING201: Linggwistiks sa Pilipinas (3)

CL201: Comparative Literature Studies (3)

LCOM201: Foreign Language (3)

D. Research (6 units)

Passing the Comprehensive Examination is required before taking AL 300.

AL300: Master’s Thesis (6)

Program Requirements:

Foundation Courses 12 units

Major Courses 15 units

Electives 9 units

Comprehensive Examination 0 units

Research (thesis) 6 units

Total 42 units

Non-language or communication graduates may take additional 6 to 9 units of undergraduate Applied Linguistics-related subjects under the BA Communication curriculum or equivalent OR pass a qualifying examination to be administered by the department upon completion of 12 units of coursework (Introduction to Language Studies, Critical Survey of Language & Communication Theories, Structure of Language I & II).

Bridging Applied Linguistics-related courses under the BA Communication curriculum for non-language or communication graduates (any 2 or 3 depending on the advice of the Program Chairperson)

CSH01: Sociology of Language Communication (3 units)

CSH02: Language, Gender, and Media (3 units)

CSH03: Discourse and Communication (3 units)

COM02: Communication Theory (3 units)

COM03: Communication Research (3 units)

COM04: Communication, Culture, and Society (3 units)