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2019-2020 Course Catalog

Required for the major in linguistics

A student who completes the major in linguistics will generate an important research question or purpose and explain its relevance to linguistics, demonstrate understanding of theories and methods involved in answering questions about language, and present and discuss findings of linguistic research, both others' and their own.

The major in linguistics requires the following:

  1. LING 150: Introduction to Linguistics
  2. The following courses:
    • LING 340: Introduction to Syntax
    • LING 350: Introduction to Phonology
    • Either LING 380: Introduction to Morphology or LING 335: Introduction to Lexical Semantics
  3. One of the following courses:
    • LING 325: Introduction to Sociolinguistics
    • LING 400: Philosophy of Language
    • LING 405: How to Do Things With Words
    • LING 470: Cognitive Linguistics
  4. Four additional courses in linguistics, which could include additional courses from #2 or 3. Students are encouraged to select courses that develop an area of emphasis leading to the Senior Experience.
  5. One of the following:
    • Study of two languages other than English, each for three terms (i.e. first-year level)
    • Completion of the fifth term of one language other than English (i.e. second-year level)
    • Study of one language other than English for four terms and the completion of an off-campus language program
  6. LING 650: Senior Seminar and an independent study to satisfy the Senior Experience requirement.

Senior Experience in linguistics

The Senior Experience in the linguistics program consists of LING 650: Senior Seminar and an independent study that may be carried out over one, two, or three terms. Students choose an area of interest and work with a faculty member who does work in that field, or closely related to that field. The independent study culminates in a research paper and an oral presentation to faculty and students in the linguistics program.

Possible venues for presentation include the annual linguistics Björklunden weekend, the Linguistics Tea, or the Richard A. Harrison Symposium.

Students pursuing double majors are encouraged to find a topic that combines their interests in both fields.

Required for the minor in linguistics

  1. LING 150: Introduction to Linguistics
  2. Two of the following:
    • LING 340: Introduction to Syntax
    • LING 350: Introduction to Phonology
    • Either LING 380: Introduction to Morphology or LING 335: Introduction to Lexical Semantics
  3. One of the following:
    • LING 325: Introduction to Sociolinguistics
    • LING 400: Philosophy of Language
    • LING 405: How to Do Things with Words
    • LING 470: Cognitive Linguistics
  4. Two additional courses in linguistics, which could include additional courses from #2 or 3.

Required for the minor in teaching English as a second language

  1. Three courses in linguistics:
    1. LING 150: Introduction to Linguistics
    2. LING 360: Second Language Acquisition
    3. A course or directed study on the structure of English
  2. Two courses in education:
    1. EDST 350: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Education
    2. EDUC 565: Methods, Materials, and Assessment in ESL

Students pursuing teacher certification in English as a second language should consult the Education section of the catalog for additional certification requirements.