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Linguistics Minor

Writing Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 20
This minor emphasizes two important facets of human language--the mathematical and social aspects of language. To understand the formal mathematical nature of human language, courses are offered in the areas of phonology, morphology, and syntax. The issues of language as social phenomena are dealt with in diverse, socio-cultural linguistics courses. After minoring in linguistics, students will achieve a high level of analytical ability, which is necessary not only in linguistics, but also in many other related fields, including computer science, mathematics, philosophy, and psychology.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Core Requirements (6 cr)
LING 1811 - Introduction to Linguistics [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
LING 3102 - Introduction to Syntax (3.0 cr)
Electives (14 cr)
LING 3102 does not apply. No more than one course from a single second language may apply: American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Ojibwe, Russian, Spanish.
Take 14 or more credit(s) from the following:
· LING 1xxx
· LING 2xxx
· LING 3xxx
· LING 4xxx
· LING 5xxx
· ENGL 5821 - History of the English Language (4.0 cr)
PHIL 2011 - Philosophy of Language [LE CAT3, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
PSY 3661 - Psychology of Language (3.0 cr)
Language (optional)
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· AMIN 1103 - Beginning Ojibwe I [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 1104 - Beginning Ojibwe II [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· 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 2001 - Beginning American Sign Language I [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· ASL 2002 - Beginning American Sign Language 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)
· CHIN 1101 - Beginning Chinese I: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· CHIN 1102 - Beginning Chinese II: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· CHIN 1103 - Beginning Chinese III: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· CHIN 1104 - Beginning Chinese IV: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· FR 1101 - Beginning French I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· FR 1102 - Beginning French II [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 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 1101 - Beginning German I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· GER 1102 - Beginning German II [LE CAT3, 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)
· RUSS 1101 - Beginning Russian I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· RUSS 1102 - Beginning Russian II [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· FORS 1110 - RUSS 1110 Beginning Russian Language and Culture (Abroad) [COMM & LAN] (8.0 cr)
· FORS 1210 - RUSS 1210 Intermediate Russian Language and Culture (Abroad) [COMM & LAN] (8.0 cr)
· SPAN 1101 - Beginning Spanish I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 1102 - Beginning Spanish II [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 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)
 
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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
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.
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 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
AMIN 1103 - Beginning Ojibwe I (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Speaking and comprehension of basic Ojibwe speech patterns. Development of rudimentary reading knowledge.
AMIN 1104 - Beginning Ojibwe II (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Speaking and comprehension of basic Ojibwe speech patterns. Development of rudimentary reading knowledge. prereq: 1103 or instructor consent
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 2001 - Beginning American Sign Language I (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to basic vocabulary in American Sign Language and the fingerspelling alphabet. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for CSD 2001.
ASL 2002 - Beginning American Sign Language II (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Expansion of vocabulary base in American Sign Language. In-depth study of principles of American Sign Language as used receptively and expressively in communication with deaf individuals. prereq: 2001 or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for CSD 2002
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
CHIN 1101 - Beginning Chinese I: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to Mandarin Chinese for students with little or no prior study. Emphasis will be on expressions for daily living with appropriate grammar and vocabulary. Writing in the phonetic pin yin system will be introduced as will high frequency characters. prereq: Little or no prior formal study of this language or instructor consent
CHIN 1102 - Beginning Chinese II: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to Mandarin Chinese for students with little prior study. Emphasis will be on expressions for daily living with appropriate grammar and vocabulary. Writing in the phonetic pin yin system will be introduced as will high frequency characters. prereq: 1101
CHIN 1103 - Beginning Chinese III: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Continued introduction to Mandarin Chinese for students with six credits prior study. Emphasis on expressions for daily living with appropriate grammar and vocabulary. Writing in the phonetic pin yin system will be introduced as will high frequency characters. prereq: 1102 or equivalent, or instructor consent
CHIN 1104 - Beginning Chinese IV: A Practical Introduction to Everyday Mandarin Chinese (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continued introduction to Mandarin Chinese for students with nine credits prior study. Emphasis on expressions for daily living with appropriate grammar and vocabulary. Writing in the phonetic pin yin system will be introduced as will high frequency characters. prereq: 1103 or equivalent, or instructor consent
FR 1101 - Beginning French I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Conversation and communicative course for students with little or no previous study of French. Emphasis on oral and aural skills; some grammar. Taught in French and English. prereq: Little or no prior formal study of this language, or instructor consent
FR 1102 - Beginning French II (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Conversation and communicative course for students with limited previous study of French. Emphasis on oral and aural skills; some grammar. Taught in French and English. prereq: 1-2 yrs high school French or 1101 or instructor consent
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 1101 - Beginning German I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Conversation and communicative course for students with little or no previous study of German. Emphasis on oral and aural skills; some grammar. Taught in German and English. prereq: Little or no prior formal study of this language, or instructor consent
GER 1102 - Beginning German II (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Conversation and communicative course for students with limited previous study of German. Emphasis on oral and aural skills; some grammar. Taught in German and English. prereq: 1-2 years high school german or 1101 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
RUSS 1101 - Beginning Russian I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01994
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Grammar, reading, and conversation for students with no previous knowledge of Russian. prereq: Little or no prior formal study of this language, or instructor consent
RUSS 1102 - Beginning Russian II (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01994 - RUSS 1110/RUSS 1101, RUSS 1102
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Grammar, reading, and conversation. prereq: 1101 or equiv or instructor consent
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.
FORS 1210 - RUSS 1210 Intermediate Russian Language and Culture (Abroad) (COMM & LAN)
Credits: 8.0 [max 8.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02239
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
This five week summer program/course improves students' proficiency in Russian, while providing cultural and historical understanding of Russian society. All language skills are practiced and improved, beginning at the intermediate level. This course takes place in the summer 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 project. Taught in Russian. prereq: Admission to an approved study abroad program requires consent from the International Education Office.
SPAN 1101 - Beginning Spanish I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Conversation and communicative course for students with little or no previous study of Spanish. Emphasis on oral and aural skills; some grammar. Taught primarily in Spanish, with some English. prereq: Little or no prior formal study of this language, or instructor consent
SPAN 1102 - Beginning Spanish II (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Conversation and communicative course for students with limited previous study of Spanish. Emphasis on oral and aural skills; some grammar. Taught primarily in Spanish, with some English. prereq: 1-2 yrs high school Span or 1101 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