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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor

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The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) minor includes studies in linguistics, education, teaching English as a second language, and courses focusing on other cultures. Students who choose this minor often major in business, education, nursing, reconciliation studies, or biblical and theological studies.

Why should I study TESOL?

English is an important tool in a global economy and interconnected world. With a TESOL minor, you’ll be prepared to equip others to advance their careers and interact with people from English-speaking cultures. 

What skills will I develop?

With a TESOL minor, you'll be prepared to:

  • Understand second language acquisition and teaching, particularly English
  • Develop leadership and advocacy skills
  • Teach group activities
  • Work with kids of multiple ages
  • Practice cultural awareness
  • Communicate across language barriers
  • Think on your feet
  • Cultivate resourcefulness and creativity
  • Look at your own language and culture from someone else’s perspective

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.


of students pursuing a major in Modern World Languages add a second or third major


recent graduates are employed or in graduate school

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