Students of linguistics study the structure, meaning, uses and history of human languages. They gain insight into how language is processed by the human mind and by computer, and they learn about cultural and linguistic diversity through the study of how language reflects meaning and world views. Through these perspectives, students discover how language reflects unique characteristics of humanity by connecting linguistic structure with the functional meanings that are used in communication.
Students learn how linguistic analysis can be used in practice through the study of such areas as second language acquisition and assessment, language teaching, computer processing of human language, and communication disorders. Linguistics courses are taught by outstanding faculty in language related departments such as Anthropology, Computer Science, English, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Psychology, and World Languages and Cultures.
Requirements for the Undergraduate Major
Completion of the BA in linguistics requires that students complete 36 credit hours of linguistics with a grade of C or better as specified below in addition to the LAS general education requirements.
Core Requirements (30 credits)
- LING/WLC 119 Introduction to World Languages
- LING/ENGL 120 Computers and Language
- LING/PHIL 207 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
- LING/ENGL 219 Introduction to Linguistics
- LING/ENGL 220 Descriptive English Grammar
- LING/ANTHR 309 Linguistic Anthropology
- LING/CMDIS 371 Phonetics and Phonology
- LING/PSYCH 413 Psychology of Language
- LING/ENGL 437 Grammatical Analysis
- LING/ENGL 420 History of the English Language
Areas of Concentration (6 credits)
Students may complete requirements for one of the following areas of concentration. Students are welcome to select any combination of courses from these areas. Independent study in any of the areas will be considered on an individual basis.
1. Communication Disorders (6 credits)
- LING/CMDIS 275 Introduction to Communication Disorders
- LING/CMDIS 286 Sign Language
- LING/CMDIS 325 Nonverbal Communication
- LING/CMDIS 471 Language Development
2. Computational Linguistics (6 credits)
- LING/COMS 331 Theory of Computing
- LING/ENGL 520 Computational Analysis of English
3. Second Language Studies (6 credits)
- LING/ENGL 425 Second Language Acquisition
One of the following:
- LING/WLC 486 Methods in Elementary FL Instruction
- LING/ENGL 487 Methods in Secondary FL Instruction
- LING/ENGL 524 Literacy: Issues and Methods for Nonnative Speakers of English
- LING/ENGL 525 Methods of Teaching Listening/Speaking Siolls to Nonnative Speakers of English
- LING/ENGL 519 Language Assessment
- LING/ENGL 526 Computer-Assisted Language Learning
4. Sociolinguistics and Language Use (6 credits)
- SPCM 305 Language in Use
- LING/ENGL 422 Women, Men, and the English Language
- LING/ENGL 514 Sociolinguistics
- LING/ENGL 527 Discourse Analysis
5. A World Language (6 credits)
- LING/SPAN 351 Introduction to Spanish/English Translation
- LING/SPAN 352 Introduction to Spanish Phonology
- LING/SPAN 354 Introduction to Spanish-English Interpretation
- LING/SPAN 462 Contrastive Analysis of Spanish/English Syntax
- LING/SPAN 463 Hispanic Dialectology
Linguistics classes in other languages are available through the study abroad program. Six credits of linguistics in a single language can be transferred.
The linguistics program requires a grade of C+ or better in English 150 and 250 (or 250H) and English 305, 314, or a 370 course in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Linguistics majors must show proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to two years of university-level foreign language study. Students should also complete Linguistics 101, a one-credit course introducing the areas of work and study that linguists engage in.
For more information, contact Professor John Levis, Chair or Greta Muller Levis, Adviser.