Linguistics is the study of human language—how it was developed, how it is used, and how it will continue to impact our lives. The Interdisciplinary Minor in Linguistics provides training in a broad variety of useful language-related skills by offering courses from wide range of programs on campus including English, Spanish, CMLL, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Media and Communications, and HDFS.
The minor is comprised of 18 hours of coursework, half of which are electives. (See below for requirements and options.)
Students interested in the minor, or with questions, should contact Dr. Aaron Braver (firstname.lastname@example.org), the director of the program.
Job prospects for linguistics students
Studying linguistics provides both domain-specific skills (e.g., knowledge of the structure of language), and also transferable skills that are useful in almost any career (e.g. cross-cultural communication, data analysis, and critical thinking).
People with linguistics degrees work in a wide range of professions. For example:
- Knowledge work
- Science, technology, and medicine
- Public sector
- Private sector
- Literature, media, and academia
Want to know more about careers a linguistics minor prepares you for? Check out the following resources:
- Linguistic Society of America's “Linguistics as a Profession”
- Superlinguo's interviews with people in careers supported by an education in linguistics
Who should minor in linguistics?
If you're interested in language, the human mind, or puzzles, a linguistics minor is for you.
Majors and minors that pair well with linguistics
Requirements for the minor
The Minor is comprised of 18 hours of coursework (6 courses). Of these, half are required and half are electives.
|2370 or 2371
How Language Works (fulfills Social and Behavioral Sciences Core requirement) 
Language in a Multicultural America (fulfills a multicultural requirement) 
|How Language Works
|How Syntax Works
Choose up to 3 courses, for 9 hours and they must be drawn from at least two different departments; at least one course must be from English.
|Anthropological Theory: Understanding Language and Culture
|Gender and Communication
|History of the English Language
|Individual Studies in English
|Language and Community: Learning While Serving
|Studies in Linguistics
|Individual Problems in French
|German Language Studies
|Individual Problems in Greek
|Individual Problems in Italian
|Advanced Italian Conversatio
|Individual Studies in Japanese
|Individual Problems in Latin
|Methods of Teaching Second and Foreign Languages
|Introduction of Spanish Linguistics
|English as a Second Language: Language Use and Learning
|Child Language Acquisition
|Introduction to Linguistics to Second and Foreign Language Acquisition
|Topics in Second Language and Bilingual Studies
|Individual Studies in Portugese
|Studies in Advanced Russian
|Intermediate Spanish Grammar
|How the Spanish Language Works: A Course in Hispanic Linguistics
|The Sounds of Spanish
|Individual Studies in Spanish
|Spanish in the United States
|Individual Studies in Turkish
|Individual Problems in Vietnamese
|Philosophy of Science
|Minds, Brains, and Computers
|Philosophy of Language
|Development During Childhood