Minor in Linguistics

Many species communicate, but only humans communicate with language. Linguistics is the study of human language whether spoken, written, signed, or communicated through touch. Students interested in linguistics learn how language is produced, structured, learned, forgotten, and how it varies according to situation, group, and time.

A minor in linguistics develops analytical reasoning, critical thinking, argumentation, and clarity of expression by gathering language data, observing how data pattern, drawing conclusions from those patterns, and communicating their results. In addition to offering a general overview of our language's history, linguistics courses consider language use where students work in research groups to collect and analyze data sets contributing meaningfully to our understanding of language. Minoring in linguistics strengthens degree work in advertising, anthropology, child development, communication, education, foreign languages, communication disorders, marketing, literature, psychology, and sociology.

An awareness of how language works is invaluable in client- or constituent-centered professions such as education, medicine, nutrition, law, politics, and social work. Students can also apply to advanced linguistic degree programs where they learn to apply their training in areas including language teaching, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, computer-mediated language learning, and provide training for actors on accents and dialects. Because language is a central feature of our humanity, understanding how it works empowers students’ thinking in every discipline.

The minor in linguistics requires 15 credit hours including:

  • ENGL 3110 Survey of Linguistics (3)
  • ENGL 4140 Language Variation (3)
  • ENGL 4150 Topics in Language Study (3)
  • ENGL 5410 History of the English Language (3)
  • One of the following courses:
    • ENGL 3040 Technical Writing
    • ENGL 4160 Technology, Literacy and Culture (3)
    • ENGL 5840 Approaches to English Grammar (3)

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Linguistics Minor CodeTitleHoursENGL 3110Survey of Linguistics3 ENGL 4140Language Variation3 ENGL 4150Topics in Language Study3 ENGL 4170History of the English Language3 Select one of the following:3 Technical Writing Technology, Literacy, and Culture Approaches to English Grammar Total Hours:15 Students must earn a "C" or better in all minor courses ]]>

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Last Updated: December 20, 2019