Carnegie Mellon University

Undergraduate Program in Applied Multilingual Studies

The general outcomes of the Applied Multilingual Studies major and minors are for students to learn about, and become competent in analyzing, social, cultural, and cognitive dimensions of multilingualism and its development, in addition to the issues involved in identity and cultural questions as they are linked to language. Questions related to students’ identity, diversity, and culture include, for example, are they monolingual, bilingual, or multilingual; is their identity linked to what order the languages were learned; how are their languages used; with whom and in which environments, etc.

The intellectual goals and educational merits of this major and minor program are

  • to prepare student for participation in a globalized and intercultural world where multilingualism is the norm and intercultural communication, even in one’s first/native language, occurs in business, technology, science, economics, politics, and everyday life,
  • to lead the way in the future of modern language education in the United States and internationally by going beyond the acquisition of languages as a skill toward an emphasis on qualitative and sociocultural approaches to understanding the experience of multilingualism, its development, and its place in contemporary society, and
  • to include CMU’s already multilingual and international student population interested in multilingualism and applied linguistics but who may not be committed to one of our language-defined majors or minors.

View a detailed listing of curriculum requirements for the Major in Applied Multilingual Studies and Minor in Applied Multilingual Studies programs.