Majors & Minors

Linguistics Major | Linguistics Minor

General Distribution Requirement

All linguistics courses count toward the general distribution requirement in social science except for LING 309, LING 311, LING 435, LING 436, LING 437, and LING 488, which count toward humanities.

General Education Requirements

Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and U.S. identities and differences will be posted on the Registrar's web page in advance of registration for each semester.

Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.

Honors Program

The linguistics department participates in the honors program. Eligibility requirements, application procedures and specific project expectations for the linguistics department are available from either the department office or the Director of Academic Programs.

Topics Courses

LING 194, LING 294, LING 394, LING 494 

Past offerings include: Spoken and Written Language; Metaphor; Freedom, Speech and Action, Languages and People of the Middle East; Languages of Native America; and Endangered Languages. To be announced at registration.

Independent Study

The department offers independent study options in the form independent projects, internships, preceptorships and Honors independent projects. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.

Linguistics Major

Major Requirements

  1. Required courses:
    LING 100 - Introduction to Linguistics 
    LING 104 - The Sounds of Language 
    LING 200 - English Syntax 
    LING 205 - Phonology 
    LING 300 - Linguistic Analysis 
  2. Language courses: Any two language courses beyond the college-wide four-semester graduation requirement.
  3. One course in an outside discipline as it relates to language, to be chosen from the list below or determined in consultation with a departmental faculty member.
    CHIN 452 - Translating Chinese: Theory and Practice 
    COMP 123 - Core Concepts in Computer Science 
    COMP 484 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 
    JAPA 235 - Communicative Strategies in Japanese Society 
    JAPA 335 - Analyzing Japanese Language 
    JAPA 488 - Translating Japanese: Theory and Practice 
    HISP 309 - Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics 
    HISP 332 - Spanish in the United States 
    HISP 433 - Translation: Theory/Practice 
    HISP 436 - Spanish Dialectology 
    PHIL 111 - Introduction to Symbolic Logic 
    PHIL 311 - Philosophy of Language 
    PSYC 180 - Brain, Mind, and Behavior 
    PSYC 242 - Cognitive Psychology 
    PSYC 378 - Psychology of Language 
  4. Two departmental elective courses chosen from the following list.
    LING 175 - Sociolinguistics
    LING 194 - Topics Course
    LING 201 - Historical Linguistics 
    LING 202 - Origins/Evolution of Language
    LING 204 - Experimental Linguistics
    LING 206 - Endangered/Minority Languages
    LING 225 - 100 Words for Snow: Language and Nature
    LING 294 - Topics Course
    LING 301 - Language and Alienation 
    LING 394 - Topics Course 
    LING 494 - Topics Course 
  5. Capstone course: LING 400 - Field Methods in Linguistics 


Linguistics Minor

Minor Requirements

  1. Any six courses in linguistics.