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Book in foreign language with marginaliaLinguistics is a scientific study of human language, its development, and use. The Interdisciplinary Minor in Linguistics provides a well-rounded training in linguistics by allowing students to take courses drawn from various departments across the campus: the Departments of Classics, Modern Languages, & Literatures (CMLL); English; Philosophy; Psychology; and Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work (SASW) in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Media & Communication; and the Department of Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) in the College of Human Sciences.

Students should consult with the director, Dr. Aaron Braver (Department of English), concerning course selection and progress toward the minor.


The Minor requires 18 hours of coursework, and of these, 9 are required and 9 are elective.

Required Courses

Department Course Number Course Title
English 2371 Language in a Multicultural America (Note: Fulfills a multicultural requirement)
English 3371 How Language Works
English 3373 How Syntax Works


Choose up to 3 courses, for 9 hours and they must be drawn from at least two different departments.

Department Course Number Course Title
SASW ANTH 3316 Anthropological Theory: Understanding Language and Culture
Comm. Studies COMS 3301 Communication Theory
Comm. Studies COMS 3332 Intercultural Communication
Comm. Studies COMS 3334 Gender and Communication
English ENGL 3372 History of the English Language
English ENGL 4300 Individual Studies in English
English ENGL 4371 Language and Community: Learning While Serving
English ENGL 4373 Studies in Linguistics
CMLL FREN 4300 Individual Problems in French
CMLL GERM 3305 German Language Studies
CMLL GRK 4300 Individual Problems in Greek
CMLL ITAL 4300 Individual Problems in Italian
CMLL ITAL 4303 Advanced Italian Conversatio
CMLL JAPN 4300 Individual Studies in Japanese
CMLL LAT 4300 Individual Problems in Latin
CMLL LING 4311 Methods of Teaching Second and Foreign Languages
CMLL LING 4315 Introduction of Spanish Linguistics
CMLL LING 4327 English as a Second Language: Language Use and Learning
CMLL LING 4332 Child Language Acquisition
CMLL LING 4335 Introduction to Linguistics to Second and Foreign Language Acquisition
CMLL LING 4383 Topics in Second Language and Bilingual Studies
CMLL PORT 4300 Individual Studies in Portugese
CMLL RUSS 3305 Studies in Advanced Russian
CMLL SPAN 3305 Intermediate Spanish Grammar
CMLL SPAN 3389 Individual Studies in Spanish
CMLL SPAN 4303 Advanced Conversation
CMLL TURK 4300 Individual Studies in Turkish
CMLL VIET 4300 Individual Problems in Vietnamese
Philosophy PHIL 2310 Logic
Philosophy PHIL 330 Philosophy of Science
Philosophy PHIL 3340 Minds, Brains, and Computers
Philosophy PHIL 4310 Advanced Logic
Philosophy PHIL 4330 Epistemology
Philosophy PHIL 4331 Philosophy of Language
Psychology PSY 4301 Developmental Psychology
HDFS HDFS 3312 Development During Childhood