The field of second language studies examines how second/world languages are learned and used from linguistic, psychological, and socio-cultural standpoints. The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS) in Second Language Studies offers graduate students the opportunity to enhance their professional experience by providing them with a theoretical and practical background in the important and rapidly growing field of second language studies. The goal of GIS in second language studies is to help students to gain hands-on experience in research design and data collection; design language programs and course materials that are informed by theory and research in second language acquisition and to enable students to be more competitive on the job market for positions that involve language program direction/coordination and GTA training. Graduate students enrolled in GIS in second language studies will work with faculty from a number of different academic units across the campus. For more information, visit the SLS website.