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Linguistics Minor

English Linguistics and Writing Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2014
  • 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, various courses are offered in the areas of phonology, morphology, and syntax. The issues of language as social phenomena are dealt with in a 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 but not limited to 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 - 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.
LING 1xxx
LING 2xxx
LING 3xxx
LING 4xxx
LING 5xxx
ANTH 4628 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
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)
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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 - 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: Periodic Fall
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