Woman in hijab teaching; credit: Husniati Salma, Unsplash.

The undergraduate TESOL minor provides a pathway for employment after graduation for students of any major. Established in 2022, the TESOL minor is designed to complement a variety of majors at AU. Students who are looking to develop marketable skills for teaching English anywhere in the world should meet with the TESOL Program Director to discuss options for integrating the 24 hours of the TESOL minor with their major specialization — and please find complete requirements for the minor below.

Majors easily meshed with the TESOL Minor include

  • SIS: International Studies
  • SOC: Communication, Language, & Culture; Journalism; PR & Strategic Communications 
  • SOE: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
  • SPA: CLEG; Justice & Law; Political Science
  • CAS: American Studies; Anthropology; Arab World Studies; Asia, Pacific, & Diaspora Studies; Chinese Studies; French Studies; German Studies; Graphic & Visual Communication Design; Japanese Studies; Language & Area Studies; Psychology; Russian Studies; Sociology; Spanish Studies

TESOL Minor Pathway

Students have flexibility in how they complete their TESOL minor requirements, with most students beginning in their sophomore year. Most TESOL courses are only offered once a year, so advance planning is necessary — note that the only summer course is TESL-454.

Required Courses by Semester

Course Fall Spring Practicum Component?
TESL 200 Yes     
TESL 220   Yes  
TESL 401 Yes    Yes 
TESL 402   Yes Yes
TESL 420   Yes Yes 

Elective Courses by Semester

Course Fall Spring Practicum Component?
TESL 400 Yes  Yes  
TESL 423   Yes  
TESL 424   Yes Yes 
TESL 426 Yes    
TESL 427   Yes  
TESL 445   Yes Yes
TESL 454 *Only in Summer Yes