The major in linguistics includes a two-semester introductory sequence, intermediate work in theoretical grammar, intermediate work in the cognitive mechanisms of language, an advanced seminar, and two electives, as outlined below. Research opportunities are available within the major in the areas of language production and comprehension, language acquisition, and theoretical grammar.
The requirements for the major are as follows:
- LING 105 and LING 110 (may be taken in any order)
- Three 200-level courses, one of each pair: LING 205/206; LING 215/216; LING 225/230
- At least one of the following seminars: LING 315, 330, or 340 (may count as a Culminating Experience)
- Two electives:
For electives, any of the linguistics courses listed in the Catalog may be taken, in addition to the following courses:
PSYC 288. Applied Research Methods Seminar in Language
PSYC 315. Language Development
SPAN 339. Spanish in the United States
- A Culminating Experience
The Culminating Experience draws together and integrates the knowledge and analytical methods mastered by majors in the course of their study. It is satisfied by taking one seminar, either LING 315, 330, or 340, normally in the spring of the senior year. These 300-level seminars are designed to investigate one area in depth, while highlighting interactions between this area and other sub-disciplines studied in the course of the major.
The linguistics minor consists of five courses. Both parts of the introductory sequence, LING 105 and LING 110, are required. The remaining three credits can be fulfilled by taking any linguistics courses on the 200- or 300-level.