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Linguistics Major

Major Requirements

Linguistic Studies majors and minors and prospective majors and minors must consult with the Program Director and/orAdvisor before registration.

LIN 201 is an introduction to linguistic studies and is a prerequisite to the major and to advanced courses in the Major and Minor programs, though it does not count toward major.

Consult the Course Catalog for specific major requirements.

Sample Major Requirements

Linguistic-studies majors and prospective majors must consult the director of the program before registration.

To complete the major program in linguistic studies, students must fulfill the Liberal Arts Core Language Skills requirement in one language and successfully complete at least 6 credits in an additional language (other than English) that is structurally significantly different from the language used to fulfill the Liberal Arts Core requirement. In addition, students must successfully complete LIN 301 Introductory Linguistic Analysis, LIN 431 Phonological Analysis, and LIN 441 Syntactic Analysis.

Major requirements also include the successful completion of at least 18 credits of additional work, of which at least 9 credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The 18 credits must be in approved linguistic studies program courses, chosen from at least three of the following groups:

Psychology and Biology of Language

  • CFS 365 - Language Development in Children and Families
  • COG 301 - Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • CSD 212 - Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • CSD 315 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • CSD 316 - Introduction to Applied Phonetics
  • CSD 345 - Fundamentals of Speech Science
  • CSD 409 - Neural Processes of Speech and Language
  • LIN 491 - Universal Grammar and Second Language Acquisition
  • LIN 591 - Second Language Acquisition

Language in Culture and Society

  • ANT 372 - Issues in Intercultural Conflict and Communication
  • CRS 430 - Intercultural Communication
  • LIN/ANT 202 - Languages of the World
  • LIN 471 - Dimensions of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism
  • LIN/ANT 472 - Language, Culture, and Society
  • LIN 473 - Language Variation and Change
  • LIN 481 - Global Communication through World Englishes
  • LIN/ANT/SOC 571 - Topics in Sociolinguistics

Logic and Language

  • CIS 468 - Natural Language Processing
  • CIS 473 - Atomata and Computability
  • PHI 251 - Logic
  • PHI 351 - Logic and Language
  • PHI 551 - Mathematical Logic
  • PHI 552 - Modal Logic
  • PHI 565 - Philosophy of Language

History and Structure of Language

  • LIN/ANT 202 - Languages of the World
  • LIN 251 - English Words
  • LIN 411 - Semantics of Human Languages
  • LIN 412 - Pragmatics: Meaning and Context
  • LIN 426 - Structure of Standard Arabic
  • LIN 451 - Morphological Analysis
  • LIN 461 - Introduction to Historical Linguistics
  • SPA 436 - Structure of Spanish

Language Pedagogy

  • LIN 421 - Introduction to Methodology of Language Teaching (TESOL/FLT)
  • LIN 422 - Advanced Methods of Language Teaching (TESOL/FLT)