Minor in Linguistics
Emphasizing both cognitive understanding and analytical skills, the undergraduate minor in Linguistics provides an introduction to the scientific study of language, as a supplement to a student’s primary academic concentration. Its purpose is to provide a foundation for a graduate degree or other further education in linguistics or related fields, and to prepare students for informed decision-making about language-related issues in their daily life and civic responsibilities. The courses are offered in three core subfields of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, and morphology/syntax, as well as other subfields (including interdisciplinary and applied). The minor promotes familiarity with a broad range of languages, especially minority languages.
The total requirement for the minor is 20 credits, including the following:
|Prerequisites to the minor|
|ENGL 209||Introduction to Linguistics (also offered as Lang 207)||3|
|2.8 GPA and junior standing or special permission 1|
|Required core courses|
|LING 450||Articulatory Phonetics||2|
|LING 451||Phonology I||3|
|LING 452||Syntax and Morphology I||3|
|Non-core courses with linguistics content|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|Diversity in U.S. Literatures|
|Language and Culture|
|Special Topics in Language|
|Second Language Acquisition 2|
|Teaching English as a Second Language|
|History of the English Language|
|Phonetics of Signed Languages|
|Introduction to Sociolinguistics and Language Development|
|Learner-Directed Second Language Acquisition|
Other upper-division or graduate courses whose content is linguistics, subject to approval by one of the program advisors.
Language requirement for the minor:
Three credits in a non-Indo-European language. If a suitable language is used to satisfy the language requirement of a student’s major, it may also be used to satisfy the language requirement of the minor. The following courses are among those that may be used to satisfy the language requirement:
|CHIN 101||First Year Chinese I||4|
|CHIN 102||First Year Chinese II||4|
|CSD 101||American Sign Language I||2|
|CSD 102||American Sign Language II||2|
|CSD 201||American Sign Language III||2|
|IS 250||Lakota Language I||3|
|IS 251||Lakota Languages II||3|
|IS 350||Native American Languages||3|
|LING 480||Learner-Directed Second Language Acquisition (This course may be used to satisfy both the language requirement and the non-core requirement)||3|
Other language courses in non-Indo-European languages may be used with the approval of a program advisor, including transfer courses.
The language requirement may also be satisfied by examination or by native competence in a suitable language, subject to approval by a program advisor.
Deaf students may, in consultation with a program advisor, substitute appropriate courses in the phonetics and phonology of sign language for LING 450 Articulatory Phonetics and LING 451 Phonology I if they also use a sign language to satisfy the non-Indo-European language requirement.
SIL requires a 2.8 GPA and junior standing in order for students to take its courses. Any exceptions to these requirements would need to be granted by the SIL director.
ENGL 418 Second Language Acquisition and LING 480 Learner-Directed Second Language Acquisition are distinct courses in content and aims. ENGL 418 Second Language Acquisition focuses more on a cognitive and theoretical understanding of second language acquisition, particularly for language teaching of world languages in a traditional classroom setting. LING 480 Learner-Directed Second Language Acquisition provides a practical approach to second language acquisition in a non-traditional, user-directed context where traditional instruction and resources are not available, as is typical in minority languages.
See footnote 2.
The minor is offered jointly by the English department and SIL; interested students should contact the English department for further information and advising.