SLA Minor Requirements


Note: in Spring 2015, the SLA steering committee approved new requirements for the SLA minor, effective Fall 2015. Those students who began the minor prior to Fall 2015, have the option to complete the old requirements or the new. See pre-fall 2015 requirements>

The SLA minor consists of 9 credits: a required course, and 2 additional elective courses, which must be taken outside the student’s home department. Students without a background in linguistics and language pedagogy are encouraged to take introductory linguistics and teaching methodology courses before starting the SLA minor. Students may transfer up to 3 credits from prior graduate work, upon approval.


All students are required to take English 318: Introduction to Second Language Acquisition or Curriculum & Instruction 673: Learning Second Language & Literacies. Students also choose two courses (from outside of their home departments) from the approved SLA list below. With approval of the SLA Minor Advisor, students may count up to 3 credits (one course) of prior graduate study towards the minor.

The courses for the SLA minor may be taken in any appropriate sequence.

The total for the minor is thus three courses (9 credits). The two elective courses should be taken out of the student’s home department. (Exceptions can be made for students with a literature focus.)

Students wishing to minor in SLA should first contact the relevant SLA committee member in their department who will refer them to the SLA Minor Advisor. Students declaring the minor are required to meet with Professor Naomi Geyer, SLA Minor Advisor, before registering for SLA minor courses.

For more information on the minor for doctoral students, see the Graduate School policy on minors.

Required Courses for the SLA PhD Minor

SLA PhD minors must complete one of two courses:

  • English 318: Second Language Acquisition or
  • Curriculum & Instruction 673: Learning Second Language & Literacies.

Students declaring the SLA minor who wish to take English 318 or Curriculum and Instruction 673 should notify the instructor and the SLA Minor Advisor of their intention as early as possible so that a slot in the course may be reserved.

Transferring Credits from Prior Graduate Work

With approval by the SLA Minor Advisor students may count up to 3 credits of prior graduate study from outside UW-Madison. Typically a course syllabus (translated into English, if necessary, and with credit hours clearly stated), is required to determine whether the course can count towards the SLA PhD minor.


SLA Minor students are required to take two courses (6 credits) outside of their home departments from the list of approved courses below. Students select courses for a balanced program according to individual interest. All courses must be approved by the SLA Minor Advisor who will monitor the overall coherence of each student’s minor program, with input from the student’s departmental SLA advisor. Other courses can be considered, but require preapproval by the SLA Steering Committee. To be approved for the minor, courses must contain a foreign language or second language focus as evidenced by course material (such as: syllabus or reading list), provided by the student to the SLA minor advisor.

African Cultural Studies

  • 701 Advanced Topics in African Linguistics*

Curriculum and Instruction (C&I)

  • 673 Learning Second Language and Literacies
  • 674 Advanced Methods in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • 675 General Seminar (Topics Course)*
  • 743** Educational Technology for Deep Language Learning
  • 964 Seminar in World Language Education
  • 975: General Seminar (with appropriate topic; see SLA PhD minor advisor for consent)



  • 414 Global Spread of English (Instructor and SLA advisor consent required.)
  • 420 Topics in English Language & Linguistics
  • 703 Research Methods in Composition Studies
  • 710 Interaction Analysis: Talk as Social Organization
  • 711 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
  • 713* Topics in Contemporary English Linguistics
  • 715 Advanced Studies in Second Language Acquisition
  • 905* Seminar–Topics in Applied English Linguistics

French and Italian

  • 821 * /** Issues in Methods of Teaching French and Italian


  • 727* Topics in Applied Linguistics


  • 735 Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis


(note: Spanish courses are generally offered in Spanish; contact instructor)

544 Contemporary Issues in Applied Spanish Linguistics
630 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (with appropriate topic)
815 Seminar in Language: Modern Spanish (with appropriate topic)
830 Seminar: The Spanish Grammatical Tradition (with appropriate topic)

*Topics courses. Students should see the SLA Minor Advisor for approval of topics appropriate for the minor.

**Courses must be taken for a total of 3 credits, in one or multiple enrollments.