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Linguistics (Minor)

Linguistics is the scientific study of language: how it is structured, used, and learned. The interdisciplinary Minor in Linguistics is designed to enable students interested in the nature of language and its use in society to enrich a degree in any field, including modern languages, communication, anthropology, education, English, computer science, psychology, writing and rhetoric, and more.

Requirements

Students take two core courses and four electives. In order to ensure the interdisciplinary nature of the minor, no more than two elective courses may come from the same program.

Choose Two Core Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
Required course on language in the mind *4
MOL 220
HOW LANGUAGE WORKS
or CMNS 221
HOW LANGUAGE WORKS: INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS
or ENG 222
INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS
or WRD 220
HOW LANGUAGE WORKS
or ANT 390
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ANTHROPOLOGY
Required course on language in society4
Choose One:
ANT 106
LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
ASL 354
SOCIOLINGUISTICS FOR THE DEAF COMMUNITY
CMNS 333
CULTURES IN CONVERSATION
SPN 354
SPANISH SOCIOLINGUISTICS
WRD 264
LANGUAGE, SELF AND SOCIETY

*MOL 220 is cross-listed with CMNS 221, ENG 222, WRD 220, and ANT 390. Other topics in anthropology taught as ANT 390 do not apply to this minor.

Choose Four Electives

Course Title Quarter Hours
ASL 352ASL LINGUISTICS4
ASL 354SOCIOLINGUISTICS FOR THE DEAF COMMUNITY4
ANT 106LANGUAGE AND CULTURE4
ANT 317LANGUAGE, POWER AND IDENTITY4
BBE 316SOCIOCULTURAL AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES IN BILINGUAL EDUCATION4
BBE 326THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING ESL AND WLE4
or WLE 326 THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING ESL AND WLE
BBE 355HOW ENGLISH WORKS: ENGLISH SYNTAX FOR ESL AND BILINGUAL EDUCATION TEACHERS4
BBE 360SECOND, WORLD AND HERITAGE LANGUAGE ACQUISITION4
or BBE 366 FIRST AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
or ECE 325 SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND EARLY LITERACY DEVELOPMENT
or WLE 360 SECOND, WORLD AND HERITAGE LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
BBE 370LANGUAGE, LITERACIES AND CULTURES4
or BBE 304 LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND CULTURE
CMN 101INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION4
CMN 103INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION4-6
CMNS 308TOPICS IN INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (when applicable topic)4
CMNS 328HISTORY OF RHETORIC AND COMMUNICATION4
CMNS 333CULTURES IN CONVERSATION4
CMNS 361GENDER AND COMMUNICATION4
CHN 211LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY IN MODERN CHINA4
CSC 397TOPICS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE (when applicable topic)2-4
ECE 307LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD (BIRTH TO 8)4
ENG 370HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE4
FCH 322FRENCH GRAMMAR AND USAGE4
FCH 350FRENCH PHONOLOGY AND PHONETICS4
GER 351GERMAN PHONOLOGY AND PHONETICS4
HON 208TOPICS IN SOCIO-CULTURAL INQUIRY (when applicable topic)4
ITA 351HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE4
ITA 352ITALIAN LANGUAGE IN THE SOCIETY OF COMMUNICATION4
ITA 353ITALIAN PHONOLOGY AND PHONETICS4
JPN 330INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE LINGUISTICS4
MOL 349TEACHING MODERN LANGUAGES4
MOL 350METHODS OF TEACHING MODERN LANGUAGES IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL4
MOL 354THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS/CURRENT RESEARCH SECOND/FOREIGN LANGUAGE ACQUISITION4
MOL 356PSYCHOLINGUISTICS4
NET 364VOICE COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES (FORMERLY TDC 364)4
PHL 322PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE4
SPN 242INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH LINGUISTICS4
SPN 351SPANISH IN THE U.S.4
SPN 352SPANISH PHONOLOGY AND PHONETICS4
SPN 353THE STRUCTURE OF SPANISH4
SPN 354SPANISH SOCIOLINGUISTICS4
SPN 355THE HISTORY OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE4
SPN 356BILINGUALISM IN THE SPANISH-SPEAKING WORLD4
SPN 391SOCIOLINGUISTICS OF HERITAGE LANGUAGE LITERACY4
WLE 349STANDARD AND CONTENT-BASED METHODS OF TEACHING WORLD LANGUAGES K-124
WRD 264LANGUAGE, SELF AND SOCIETY4
WRD 330LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS4
WRD 362SEMIOTICS4
WRD 368GLOBAL ENGLISHES4
WRD 378TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE IN CHICAGO4

Other courses involving the study of language may also be counted as electives on a case-by-case basis in order to make the minor maximally applicable to students from all courses of study. Such substitutions could include relevant topics courses, independent study courses, or the courses listed below. Substitutions must be approved by the Program Director.

Example related courses available for approval on an individual basis

Course Title Quarter Hours
AAS 338ASIAN CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION4
BBE 310SPECIAL TOPICS IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION AND CULTURE4
BBE 324METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE4
or ECE 314 METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
CMNS 321CULTURAL AND SYMBOLIC CRITICISM4
CMNS 336STORYTELLING: COMMUNICATION AS NARRATIVE4
CSC 233CODES AND CIPHERS4
CSC 347CONCEPTS OF PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES4
PHY 206SOUND AND ACOUSTICS4
PSY 360THEORIES OF LEARNING AND COGNITION4
PSY 379COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE4
ARB/ASL/CHN/FCH/GER/GRK/ITA/JPN/LAT/MOL/RUS/SPN 395FOREIGN LANGUAGES ACROSS THE CURRICULUM2

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