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Linguistics B.S.

Writing Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 48 to 53
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The B.S. in linguistics prepares students to undertake the study of language in a rigorous, scientific manner. The major offers basic and advanced courses in the sound, structure, and meaning of language, and it teaches students the fundamental methods of scientific inquiry. The curriculum focuses on both the internal place of language in the human mind and brain, as well as the external role of language in communication and culture. Along the way, students will consider many topics in linguistics, such as syntactic structure of languages, semantic and pragmatic meaning, language acquisition, language disorders, language evolution, dialects and sociolinguistic variation, language and gender, computational linguistics, and many others. With topics such as these in mind, students will be trained to form research questions, gather data, and make arguments based upon their observations. They will also gain experience working with a wide range of languages and diverse cultures. The program will also require a background in science and mathematics consistent with a bachelor of science degree, which will allow students a straightforward double major in many of the established science majors at the University. There is a diversity of employment opportunities for linguistics majors. The analytical skills and experience with language makes linguistic majors particularly appealing to computer and software companies, as writers and analysts of all types, in education, in projects such as speech recognition and machine translation, and as preparation for advanced study in all of the liberal arts, social sciences, and computer sciences disciplines. Finally, the United States Department of Homeland Security and federal law enforcement agencies routinely hire employees trained in linguistics.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. A second field of study (either a minor or another major).
Core Requirements (9 cr)
LING 1811 - Introduction to Linguistics [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
LING 3102 - Introduction to Syntax (3.0 cr)
LING 3103 - Dimensions of Meaning (3.0 cr)
Mathematics Requirements (8 - 10 cr)
Take one of the following sequences (two courses).
MATH 1290 - Calculus for the Natural Sciences [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or MATH 1296 - Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or MATH 1596 - Honors: Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
MATH 1297 - Calculus II [LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or MATH 1597 - Honors: Calculus II [LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or STAT 2411 - Statistical Methods [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
Natural Science Requirement (7 - 10 cr)
Take one of the following sequences.
Biology
BIOL 1011 - General Biology I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
BIOL 1012 - General Biology II [SUSTAIN] (5.0 cr)
or Chemistry
CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1155 - General Chemistry II (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1156 - General Chemistry Lab II (1.0 cr)
or Geography
GEOG 1414 - Physical Geography [LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
GEOG 3401 - Weather and Climate (3.0 cr)
or GEOG 3422 - Natural Hazards (3.0 cr)
or Geology
GEOL 1110 - Geology and Earth Systems [LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
GEOL 2311 - Mineralogy (4.0 cr)
or GEOL 2312 - Petrology (5.0 cr)
or Physics
PHYS 2013 - General Physics I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2014 - General Physics Lab I [NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
PHYS 2015 - General Physics II (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2016 - General Physics Lab II (1.0 cr)
Technical/Math or Natural Sciences (6 cr)
Two additional courses from technical/math or natural sciences. Courses taken above cannot apply here. Courses may be from one area or across fields of study.
Take no more than 2 course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· BIOL 2xxx
· BIOL 3xxx
· CHEM 2xxx
· CHEM 3xxx
· CS 1xxx
· CS 2xxx
· CS 3xxx
· GEOG 2552 - Introduction to Maps and Geospatial Information [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3532 - Map Design and Geographic Visualization (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 2xxx
· GEOL 3xxx
· GIS 3xxx
· MATH 3xxx
· MATH 4xxx
· PHYS 3xxx
· PHYS 4xxx
· STAT 1xxx
· STAT 2xxx
· STAT 3xxx
· STAT 4xxx
· STAT 5xxx
Linguistics and External Electives Total (15 cr)
Within these 15 credits, 9 credits must be from linguistics in addition to the core.
Linguistics Electives
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· LING 2xxx
· LING 3xxx
· LING 4xxx
· External Electives (optional)
NOTE: The intermediate Russian language sequence is available through the College of St. Scholastica or by studying abroad (available summer).
Take no more than 2 course(s) from the following:
· AMIN 2103 - Intermediate Ojibwe I [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2104 - Intermediate Ojibwe II [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· ASL 3003 - Intermediate American Sign Language I [COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· ASL 3004 - Intermediate American Sign Language II [COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· CS 5541 - Artificial Intelligence (4.0 cr)
· CS 5751 - Introduction to Machine Learning (4.0 cr)
· CS 5761 - Introduction to Natural Language Processing (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5821 - History of the English Language (4.0 cr)
· FORS 1110 - RUSS 1110 Beginning Russian Language and Culture (Abroad) [COMM & LAN] (8.0 cr)
· FR 1201 - Intermediate French I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· FR 1202 - Intermediate French II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· FR 2301 - Advanced French [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· GER 1201 - Intermediate German I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· GER 1202 - Intermediate German II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· GER 2301 - Advanced German [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 1025 - Introduction to Cognitive Science [NAT SCI] (3.0 cr)
· PHIL 2011 - Philosophy of Language [LE CAT3, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3621 - Cognition (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3661 - Psychology of Language (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 1201 - Intermediate Spanish I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 1202 - Intermediate Spanish II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 2301 - Advanced Spanish [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx - Advanced Writing
 
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LING 1811 - Introduction to Linguistics (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Provides an introduction to a theoretical study of the nature of natural language, using examples primarily from present-day English. Students are expected to learn analytical skills to understand how human languages (and the human mind) work and how the sub-components (sounds, words, sentences and meaning) of natural languages are systematically organized.
LING 3102 - Introduction to Syntax
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Deals with how sentences are structured. After discussing lexical categories (parts of speech) and phrasal structures from a scientific perspective, several different theories are introduced under the blanket name Generative Grammar. Based on Generative Grammar, students learn how to analyze English sentence structures to understand universal properties of natural language. prereq: 1811 or instructor consent
LING 3103 - Dimensions of Meaning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course will provide an introduction to the study of what is said (semantics) and what is meant (pragmatics) in natural language. It will provide an introduction to set theory, first- and higher- order logic, and lexical semantics. It will also cover pragmatic topics such as presupposition, implicature, and speech act theory. Beyond these basic topics, the course will focus on specific sub-topics from time to time such as negation, reference, information structure, reported speech, genre, and so on. prereq: 1811
MATH 1290 - Calculus for the Natural Sciences (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01420 - Math1290/1296/1596
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Differential and integral calculus needed for modeling in earth and life sciences. Computational software. Not intended for students in mathematics, engineering, or physical sciences. prereq: Math ACT 27 or higher or a grade of at least C- in Math 1250 or department consent
MATH 1296 - Calculus I (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01420 - Math1290/1296/1596
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
First part of a standard introduction to calculus of functions of a single variable. Limits, continuity, derivatives, integrals, and their applications. prereq: Math ACT 27 or higher or a grade of at least C- in Math 1250 or department consent
MATH 1596 - Honors: Calculus I (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01420 - Math1290/1296/1596
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
First part of standard introduction to calculus of functions of single variable. Limits, continuity, derivatives, integrals, and their applications, indeterminate forms. Same as Math 1296, but with more depth, rigor, more challenging assignments. For high-ability students with excellent preparation. prereq: 1250 or 3 1/2 years high school mathematics including trigonometry, department consent, a grade of C- or better in is required in all prerequisite courses
MATH 1297 - Calculus II (LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01421 - Math 1597/1297
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Second part of a standard introduction to calculus. Vectors, applications of integrals, transcendental functions, series, and multivariable functions and partial derivatives. prereq: A grade of at least C- in 1290 or 1296 or 1596
MATH 1597 - Honors: Calculus II (LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01421 - Math 1597/1297
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Same as Math 1297, but with more depth, rigor, and challenging assignments. Techniques of integration, transcendental functions, exponentials and logarithms, infinite sequences and series, vectors, partial differentiation, and applications. Intended for high-ability students with excellent preparation. prereq: 1596 or a grade of A in 1290 or 1296, department consent
STAT 2411 - Statistical Methods (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Graphical and numerical descriptions of data, elementary probability, sampling distributions, estimations, confidence intervals, one-sample and two-sample t-test. prereq: Math ACT 24 or higher or a grade of at least C- in Math 1005 or higher or department approval
BIOL 1011 - General Biology I (LE CAT4, NAT SCI)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental concepts of biology, including chemical basis of life, cell structure and function, energy transformations, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, genetics, molecular biology, DNA technology, development, origin of life, and evolution. (4 hrs lect, 2.5 hrs lab) prereq: 1 yr high school Chem or 1 semester college Chem, Math ACT 21 or higher or MATH 1005 or higher.
BIOL 1012 - General Biology II (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental concepts of biology, including classification and diversity of life, anatomy, physiology, and development of prokaryotes, protistans, fungi, animals, and plants; behavior; population, community, and ecosystem ecology. (4 hrs lect, 2.5 hrs lab) prereq: A grade of C- or better in 1011
CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I (LE CAT5, NAT SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02278 - CHEM 1173/CHEM 1153/CHEM 1161
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental principles of chemistry exemplified by study of elements, compounds, and their reactions. Covers fundamental concepts of the atom, molecule, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, gas laws, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding, and other selected topics. The companion laboratory, CHEM 1154, should be taken concurrently. The combination of CHEM 1153 and CHEM 1154 meets the lab component of NAT SCI, LE CAT 4. prereq: One year high school chem, high school algebra, Math ACT 21 or higher or a grade of least C- in Math 1005, SCSE, exercise science, athletic training, teaching life science, teaching earth and space science, teaching physical science or B.A. major in environment and sustainability, biology, chemistry or geological sciences student. Credit will not be granted if already received for 1151 or 1161 or 1173.
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I (LE CAT4, NAT SCI)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02279 - CHEM 1174/CHEM 1154
Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1153; credit will not be granted if already received for CHEM 1151, 1161 or 1174.
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic laboratory skills while investigating the fundamental principles of chemistry. Covers fundamental concepts of the atom and molecule, stoichiometry, acid-base reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions, thermochemistry, characteristic properties of anions, gas laws and spectrophotometry. This laboratory accompanies lecture CHEM 1153. The combination of CHEM 1153 and CHEM 1154 meets liberal education category 4 requirements. prereq: Previous or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1153; credit will not be granted if already received for CHEM 1151, 1161 or 1174.
CHEM 1155 - General Chemistry II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02280 - CHEM 1175/CHEM 1155/CHEM 1162
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental principles of chemistry exemplified by study of elements, compounds, and their reactions. Covers intermolecular forces, properties of liquids, solids and solution, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and other selected topics. Solid knowledge of college algebra and General Chemistry I is required. The companion laboratory course CHEM 1156 should be taken concurrently. prereq: 1151 or 1153 or 1161; credit will not be granted if already received for 1152, 1162 or 1175.
CHEM 1156 - General Chemistry Lab II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02281
Prerequisites: 1151 or 1161 or 1154, concurrent or previous enrollment in CHEM 1155; credit will not be granted if already received for Chem 1152, 1162 or 1176.
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental principles of chemistry exemplified by laboratory study of elements, compounds, and their reactions. Covers titration, intermolecular forces, colligative properties, kinetics, chemical equilibria, and qualitative analysis. This laboratory accompanies lecture CHEM 1155. prereq: 1151 or 1161 or 1154, concurrent or previous enrollment in CHEM 1155; credit will not be granted if already received for Chem 1152, 1162 or 1176.
GEOG 1414 - Physical Geography (LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Earth-sun relations, maps and globes, and major factors of the natural environment, including water resources, landforms, weather and climate, natural vegetation, and soils. (3 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab)
GEOG 3401 - Weather and Climate
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Atmospheric composition, structure, and motion; precipitation processes, air masses, fronts, cyclonic storms, and general weather patterns. Global distribution and classification of climates. prereq: 1414, minimum 30 credits or instructor consent
GEOG 3422 - Natural Hazards
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Geography of natural hazards. Human-physical environment interrelationships under extreme geophysical conditions; causes, characteristics, and consequences of natural hazards such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and drought; human adjustment to these events. prereq: 1414, minimum 30 credits or instructor consent
GEOL 1110 - Geology and Earth Systems (LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comprehensive survey of Earth's composition, structure, and dynamics to develop an understanding of internal processes, plate tectonics, and surface processes as a framework for geological history and development of life.
GEOL 2311 - Mineralogy
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01406 - Geol 2300/2311
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Systematic study of minerals and their relationship to rocks. Emphasis will be placed on introductory crystal chemistry, crystallography and physical properties; optical mineralogy, and identification of minerals in hand specimen, thin section, and by x-ray diffraction. (Course fee assessed.) prereq: 1110 or 2110, 1 semester college chemistry or instructor consent
GEOL 2312 - Petrology
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Petrology of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, including their occurrence, petrogenesis and tectonic setting. Emphasis on the relationships between mineral assemblages, rock textures, geochemistry, origins, and rock-forming processes. Course fees assessed. prereq: 2311
PHYS 2013 - General Physics I (LE CAT5, NAT SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Calculus-based introduction to Newtonian Mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2014 should be taken concurrently. The combination of PHYS 2013 and 2014 meets liberal education category 4. prereq: previous or concurrent registration in PHYS 2014. Prerequisite of Math 1290 or 1296 or 1596; credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1201 or 2011.
PHYS 2014 - General Physics Lab I (NAT SCI)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Calculus-based introduction to Newtonian Mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat exemplified by laboratory study. This laboratory accompanies lecture PHYS 2013 and should be taken concurrently. The combination of PHYS 2013 and 2014 meets liberal education category 4. prereq: previous or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 2013
PHYS 2015 - General Physics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2016, should be taken concurrently. prereq: previous or concurrent registration in 2016. Prerequisite of 2011 or 2013 and 2014, Math 1297 or 1597; credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1202, 1204 or 2012.
PHYS 2016 - General Physics Lab II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics exemplified by laboratory study. This laboratory accompanies lecture PHYS 2015 and should be taken concurrently. prereq: Previous or concurrently enrollment in PHYS 2015.
GEOG 2552 - Introduction to Maps and Geospatial Information (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course will define a map and consider maps as tools for communication. Students will explore the effects of scale, projection, cartographic symbolization and generalization on the mapping process and resulting digital databases. Students will be introduced to spatial data models, types of spatial data and representation, and will study alternative or non-tradition map representations provided by GIS and Remote Sensing.
GEOG 3532 - Map Design and Geographic Visualization
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Thematic mapping of qualitative and quantitative data. Data measurement levels and their relationships to geographic phenomena and map symbols. Appropriate treatment (both statistical and representational) of map data. Designing and creating maps using computers. (2 hrs lect, 4 hrs lab) prereq: 2552 or instructor consent; Stat 1411 recommended
AMIN 2103 - Intermediate Ojibwe I (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Speaking basic Ojibwe sentences and paragraphs at fluent level so listener can understand speaking pattern context. Ability to write and read Ojibwe language proficiently. prereq: 1104 or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 2203.
AMIN 2104 - Intermediate Ojibwe II (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Speaking basic Ojibwe sentences and paragraphs at fluent level so listener can understand speaking pattern context. Ability to write and read Ojibwe language proficiently. prereq: 2103 or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 2204.
ASL 3003 - Intermediate American Sign Language I (COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Intermediate-level study of grammatical and linguistic features of ASL; focus on understanding deaf culture and fluency in expressive and receptive skills. prereq: 2002 or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for CSD 5003
ASL 3004 - Intermediate American Sign Language II (COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continued intermediate-level study of grammatical and linguistic features of ASL; focus on understanding deaf culture and fluency in expressive and receptive skills. prereq: 3003 or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for CSD 5004
CS 5541 - Artificial Intelligence
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Principles and programming methods of artificial intelligence. Knowledge representation methods, state space search strategies, and use of logic for problem solving. Applications chosen from among expert systems, planning, natural language understanding, uncertainty reasoning, machine learning, and robotics. Lectures and labs will utilize suitable high-level languages (e.g., Python or Lisp). prereq: 2511, 3512 or instructor consent, a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
CS 5751 - Introduction to Machine Learning
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Survey of methods in machine learning including supervised and unsupervised methods. Topics covered may include clustering, decision trees, neural networks, support vector machines, genetic algorithms and reinforcement learning. Theoretical concepts associated with machine learning. prereq: 2511, 3512, Stat 3611, Math 2326 or 3326 or 4326 or instructor consent; a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
CS 5761 - Introduction to Natural Language Processing
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Techniques for creating computer programs that analyze, generate, and understand natural human language. Topics include syntactic analysis, semantic interpretation, and discourse processing. Applications selected from speech recognition, conversational agents, machine translation, and language generation. Substantial programming project required. prereq: 2511, 3512 or instructor consent; a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
ENGL 5821 - History of the English Language
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of sounds, word stock, and structures of English language from earliest records to present.
FORS 1110 - RUSS 1110 Beginning Russian Language and Culture (Abroad) (COMM & LAN)
Credits: 8.0 [max 8.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01994
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Summer Even Year
This five week program/course, allows students to develop basic proficiency in Russian, while providing cultural and historical understanding of Russian society. There are no prerequisites for this course, and no previous knowledge of Russian is required. All language skills are practiced and improved. This course takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia, where students apply their language skills by learning about the history of the city as well as aspects of contemporary Russian culture and politics. This course is composed of in-class instruction, seminars, discussions, field trips, and small group projects. prereq: Admission to an approved study abroad program requires consent from the International Education Office.
FR 1201 - Intermediate French I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities speaking and understanding French, set within introduction to written French and survey of contemporary culture of French-speaking societies. Emphasis on oral, aural, and reading skills; vocabulary building; some writing. Taught in French. prereq: 3-4 yrs high school French or 1102 or instructor consent
FR 1202 - Intermediate French II (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities speaking and understanding French, set within introduction to written French and survey of contemporary culture of French-speaking societies. Emphasis on oral, aural, and reading skills; vocabulary building; some writing. Taught in French. prereq: 4 years high school french or 1201 or instructor consent
FR 2301 - Advanced French (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of French literacy within a culturally authentic contemporary context. Emphasis on practical writing and formal oral and aural communication skills; vocabulary building; enhancement of reading skills; review of key grammar. Taught in French. prereq: 5 years high school french or 1202 or instructor consent
GER 1201 - Intermediate German I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities speaking and understanding German, set within introduction to written German and survey of contemporary culture of German-speaking societies. Emphasis on oral, aural, and reading skills; vocabulary building; some writing. Taught in German. prereq: 3-4 years high school german or 1102 or instructor consent
GER 1202 - Intermediate German II (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities speaking and understanding German, set within introduction to written German and survey of contemporary culture of German-speaking societies. Emphasis on oral, aural, and reading skills; vocabulary building; some writing. Taught in German. prereq: 4 years high school german or 1201 or instructor consent
GER 2301 - Advanced German (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of German literacy within a culturally authentic contemporary context. Emphasis on practical writing and formal oral and aural communication skills; vocabulary building; enhancement of reading skills; review of key grammar. Taught in German. prereq: 5 years high school german or 1202 or instructor consent
PHIL 1025 - Introduction to Cognitive Science (NAT SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The Cognitive Sciences investigate the mind from an interdisciplinary perspective using resources from such diverse disciplines as psychology, philosophy, computer science, and neuroscience. This class provides a general introduction to prominent theories/themes from Cognitive Sciences as well as a more detailed investigation of various select topics. Liberal Education natural science credit will be effective fall 2015.
PHIL 2011 - Philosophy of Language (LE CAT3, SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to theories of meaning and truth and the structure of language. Relation of language to thought and the world; semantics and syntax; speech acts and performative utterances; descriptions and reference; and structuralism and the possibility of objective knowledge. prereq: Course in logic or literary analysis or human communication or CS or math or instructor consent
PSY 3621 - Cognition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1003 or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
An overview of cognitive processes, using historical, philosophical, biological, and experimental perspectives. Course topics include attention, perception, knowledge representation memory, language, thinking, reasoning, and decision-making. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
PSY 3661 - Psychology of Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Psychological processes underlying comprehension, production, and acquisition of language(s); cognitive, social, biological, and educational perspectives on language and their applications. prereq: 1003 or instructor consent
SPAN 1201 - Intermediate Spanish I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities in speaking and understanding Spanish, set within introduction to written Spanish and survey of contemporary culture of Spanish-speaking societies. Emphasis on oral, aural, and reading skills; vocabulary building; some writing. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 3-4 yrs high school Span or 1102 or instructor consent
SPAN 1202 - Intermediate Spanish II (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities in speaking and understanding Spanish, set within introduction to written Spanish and survey of contemporary culture of Spanish-speaking societies. Emphasis on oral, aural, and reading skills; vocabulary building; some writing. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 4 yrs high school Span or 1201 or instructor consent
SPAN 2301 - Advanced Spanish (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of Spanish literacy within a culturally authentic contemporary context. Emphasis on practical writing and formal oral and aural communication skills; vocabulary building; enhancement of reading skills; review of key grammar. Taught in Spanish. prereq: 5 yrs high school Span or 1202 or instructor consent