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Linguistics Minor

English Linguistics and Writing Studies
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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Contact Information
Program in Linguistics, University of Minnesota Duluth, 420 Humanities Building, 1201 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812 (218-726-8228; fax 218-726-6882)
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Graduate students may elect linguistics--which is offered interdepartmentally and through the Program in Linguistics--as a related field, or, with approval of the director of graduate studies of the major, as a designated minor.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Linguistics director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Courses offered on both the A-F and S/N grading basis must be taken A-F. The minimum grade to be earned for each course is C-.
Minor Coursework (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from the following in consultation with the Linguistics director of graduate studies. LING 8591 may be taken for a maximum of 6 credits.
ENGL 5802 - English Language for Educators (4.0 cr)
ENGL 5821 - History of the English Language (4.0 cr)
LING 5852 - Practicum in Teaching Linguistics (3.0 cr)
LING 8591 - Independent Study in Linguistics (1.0-3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
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ENGL 5802 - English Language for Educators
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of linguistic and language learning theories to the teaching of communication arts, with emphasis on preparation of secondary school English teachers. Includes a focus on first and second language acquisition, approaches to language and grammar instruction, and the roles of language and dialect in culture and youth development. prereq: graduate student; credit will not be granted if already received for ENGL 4802
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. prereq: graduate student
LING 5852 - Practicum in Teaching Linguistics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Ling 4852/5852
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Supervised teaching in introductory linguistics courses. Experience in preparation for and in conduct of classes, in consultations with students, and in testing. prereq: College Grad or Grad student
LING 8591 - Independent Study in Linguistics
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Directed reading and/or research. prereq: department approval