The Linguistics Minor

One very good reason to take the Linguistics minor is that by learning to analyze language and evaluate claims about language you can improve the quality of your writing and argumentation in your major discipline. You can profitably combine the Linguistics minor with a major in one of the modern languages, Classics, Psychology or Speech, Hearing and Language Science—to name just a few possibilities. You must see the staff advisor to declare the minor. Go to the Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center website to make an appointment with the staff advisor Deanna Fierman.

  • Complete a total of 18 credit hours in Linguistics, 9 of which must be at the upper-division level. Maintain an overall and a LING grade point average of at least a 2.00 (C), and complete all LING courses with a C- or better.
  • Complete LING 2000: Introduction to Linguistics.
  • Complete two of the following 3-credit courses: LING 3100 (Sound Structure), LING 3430 (Semantics), and LING 4420 (Morphology and Syntax).
  • Take the remaining one of the 3 courses listed immediately above and/or choose from the following 3-credit electives to bring your total credit hours to 18 (courses marked with an asterisk * may be taken to satisfy Arts and Sciences Core requirements as well as LING requirements):

    LING 1000: Language in US Society*

    LING 1010: The Study of Words

    LING 2400: Language and Gender*

    LING 3005: Cognitive Science

    LING 3220: American Indian Languages*

    LING 3500: Language and the Public Interest

    LING 3545: World Language Rights and Policies

    LING 4100: Perspectives on Language

    LING 4220: Language and Mind

    LING 4425: Learning Language in the World

    LING 4560: Language Development

    LING 4610: English Structure for TESOL

    LING 4800: Language and Culture 

  • The above list is not exhaustive; you may use LING electives not listed here.
  • At least three credit hours of your electives must be an upper-division course.
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