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Department Chair: Malcolm A. Finney

Department Office: Psychology (PSY) 114

Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-5792 / (562) 985-2593


Faculty: Rebekha J. Abbuhl, Michael B. Ahland, John Attinasi ( Emeritus), Michael J. Fender, Malcolm A. Finney, Nancy Hall, Robert M. Hertz (Emeritus), Alexandra M. Jaffe, Wendy Klein, Lorraine E. Kumpf, Barbara LeMaster, Xiaoping Liang (Emeritus), Carol D. Lord (Emeritus)


  • Undergraduate: Wendy Klien
  • Graduate: Rebekha J. Abbuhl

Administrative Coordinator: Phyllis L. Simon

Career Possibilities

English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher • Computational Linguist • Bilingual Education Teacher • Intelligence Specialist • Researcher • Teacher • Linguist • Foreign Service Officer • Peace Corps Worker • Librarian • Interpreter • Immigration Officer • Lawyer • Philologist • Writer • Editor • Consultant (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see Various entry-level positions in business and industry are available for graduates regardless of academic discipline.


The department offers an undergraduate major and minor in Linguistics, a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and the MA with four Options: TESOL, General, Special, and Language and Culture.

Students desiring general information should contact the department office. Advisors are available for individual appointments during the Fall and Spring semesters.

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