*Not a baccalaureate degree program
The Linguistics Minor provides a solid foundation in the core areas of linguistics. Its required courses cover the breadth of the field, and electives in the minor give the student an opportunity to explore topics in linguistics of special interest to them. The minor is especially well suited for students majoring in a foreign language, Communication, or Computer Science and Engineering as a way to demonstrate extra depth in their training in the structure and use of language.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:
- Core concepts: Students will comprehend the core concepts of linguistics, as well as the basic literature that assumes such concepts.
- Cognitive/social aspects of language: Students will achieve an awareness of language in its broader cognitive and social contex.t
- Language diversity awareness: Students will develop an awareness of linguistic diversity and variability.
- 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 from English or other languages and to construct descriptions of particular linguistic phenomena in particular languages.
- Communication skills: Students will attain the skills necessary to prepare written and oral presentations on linguistic topics.
The program in Linguistics 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. Faculty also regularly offer independent studies for students interested in areas that do not match the program's regular offerings. The program provides a capstone experience through a senior seminar on field methods, where students work with a speaker of a language that is unfamiliar to them to learn about its grammar. It also offers an internship program where students learn about language teaching in local public schools.
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.
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.
Please visit the Linguistics department website for additional information about our faculty.
Students completing a BA have gone on to law school, medical school, speech and hearing sciences, library sciences, as well as done graduate work within theoretical and applied linguistics. They have also found employment teaching English in countries such as France, Thailand, Korea, Japan, and China and in the fields of publishing, literacy development, marketing, public service organizations, and language technology. Careers open to students with linguistics degrees include:
- Computational linguistics
- Educational policy
- English as a second language instruction
- Foreign service
- Language teaching
- Law Enforcement
- Multicultural services
- Translation and interpretation
Academic Advising within Linguistics is done by the Directors of Undergraduate Studies. There are Directors assigned to Linguistics and the Chinese, German, Japanese, and Korean language programs. Students with questions about degrees within Linguistics should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics, and those with questions about the Chinese, German, Japanese, and Korean programs should consult with the Directors in charge of those programs. Students interested in one of the Languages and Linguistics concentrations within the Linguistics major are welcome to consult with either the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics or the Director in charge of the relevant language program.
The Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics is Dr. Robert Hoeing. His office hours are regularly posted outside his office, 639 Baldy Hall. The most effective way to reach him outside of office hours is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including: