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Linguistics BA - Japanese Language and Linguistics Concentration

(HEGIS: 15.05 LINGUISTICS, CIP: 16.0102 Linguistics)

Department of Linguistics

609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030

Jeff Good

Robert Hoeing
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Mitsuaki Shimojo
Director of Japanese Program

Associated Programs

Why study Linguistics BA - Japanese Language and Linguistics Concentration at UB?

This concentration offers a unique program which combines studies in linguistics and advanced-level studies in Japanese and is intended for students who wish to pursue the study of linguistics as well as achieve advanced-level proficiency and gain linguistic understanding of the specialization language. Majors in this concentration develop appreciation of general properties of language and the specialization language and develop competence in linguistic analysis in the specialization language.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the students are expected to acquire advanced-level proficiency in Japanese in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and cultural knowledge and understanding desired for the target level of proficiency. Also, the students will have the following knowledge in linguistics.

  • Core concepts: Students will comprehend the core concepts of linguistics, as well as the basic literature that assumes such concepts.
  • Critical thinking: Students will master the ability to construct arguments for choosing between alternative analyses of linguistic phenomena and to identify relevant data bearing on the analyses.
  • Problem solving: Students will be able to analyze linguistic data and to construct descriptions of particular linguistic phenomena in Japanese.
  • Communication skills: Students will attain the skills necessary to prepare written and oral presentations on linguistic topics.

The Learning Environment

Class size is limited for language courses in order to promote each student’s participation and interaction with the instructors as well as other students. The use of the target language is essential in class. Independent studies may be arranged for advanced levels to meet specific needs of students. The Linguistics part of the program offers a variety of courses types from large lecture classes to small seminars. Many of the more advanced undergraduate courses are combined with graduate offerings, allowing undergraduates to get early exposure to graduate-style coursework. The senior capstone course offers an independent study for students to work on a senior project under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Linguistics is housed in Baldy Hall, and has several dedicated classrooms and meeting spaces. The department also holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s different class structures. Members of the faculty also maintain their own research labs to support work in areas such as phonetics and computational linguistics.

About Our Faculty

The faculty of the Linguistics department includes internationally known and respected scholars whose research specializations include phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, typology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, sociolinguistics and historical linguistics. Faculty work on a variety of languages including German, Japanese and Korean as well as languages of the Americas, Africa and the Pacific.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Linguistics department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Students completing a B.A. in Linguistics most often continue in graduate programs, either in linguistics, teaching English as a second language, or cognitive science. Our students have also gone on to law school, and medical school, and have done graduate work in library sciences. Students who have not pursued graduate work have found employment teaching English overseas and this concentration is particularly relevant for employment in Japan. Our students have also been employed in the fields of publishing, literacy development, marketing, public service organizations, and language technology.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is provided by the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Linguistics and the Director of Japanese Program. Other support services are provided by the Assistant to the Chair and Undergraduate Office Assistant of the Department of Linguistics.

Academic Advising Contact Information

This concentration is advised by Dr. Robert Hoeing, the Director of Undergraduate Studies of Linguistics and Dr. Mitsuaki Shimojo, the Director of the Japanese Program. Their office hours are regularly posted outside their respective office, Room 639 and Room 640, Baldy Hall. The most effective way to reach them outside of office hours is by email: email Dr. Hoeing; email Dr. Shimojo.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

Associated Programs

Published: Nov 23, 2021 13:19:28