College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Linguistics

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Language is studied descriptively, theoretically, computationally, and psychologically, and as a social phenomenon. The field of linguistics thus informs and is informed by many other areas of study, including philosophy, psychology, sociology, computer science, the study of individual languages and literatures, literary studies, and education.

The interdisciplinary minor in linguistics may be combined with a major in one of the areas listed above or in any other field. This minor introduces the fundamental concepts of modern linguistic theory and explores how these concepts relate to various other disciplines.

For policies governing all minors, see the Academic Policies section of the University Catalog.

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Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students complete 15 credits as shown below. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

One core course (3 credits) in general linguistics

LING 306 - General Linguistics Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) in syntactic theory, phonological theory, or linguistic semantics

 Choose one of the following:

LING 486 - Syntax I Credits: 3

LING 490 - Generative Phonology Credits: 3

LING 485 - Semantics and Pragmatics Credits: 3

Three elective courses (9 credits)

Other elective courses, when topic is relevant, may be applied to the minor with the prior written approval of the director.

Any LING course

ANTH 114 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Credits: 3

COMM 305 - Foundations of Intercultural Communication Credits: 3

FRLN 380 - Topics in the Sociopolitics of Language Credits: 3

FRLN 385 - Multilingualism, Identity, and Power Credits: 3

LING 307 - English Grammar Credits: 3

LING 450 - Introduction to Sociolinguistics Credits: 3

LING 480 - First Language Acquisition Credits: 3

LING 499 - Independent Study Credits: 1-3

Any foreign language course beyond 210

Total: 15 credits

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