Department of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Students study the different components of grammar (syntax, phonology, morphology and semantics), how language changes over time, how it varies from speech community to speech community; how it is acquired by children; and how the brain is organized for language. English linguistics is the scientific study of the English language, its grammatical structure, dialects, and history. Courses in English Linguistics also address linguistic ideology and discrimination in U.S. institutions, linguistics in K-12 education, and English as a global language.
Courses taken for credit in minor programs may not be counted toward English majors.
Why Consider a Linguistics Minor?
Students take courses in English linguistics (the structure and history of English, etc.) as well as a selection of core courses in the Linguistics Program (syntax, phonology, etc.). Students graduate with a degree in English that also recognizes their interest and expertise in Linguistics.
Teach and research at the university level | Work in K-12 education to improve teaching about language | Teach English as a Second Language | Work in publishing, technical writing, journalism | Work with dictionaries (lexicography) | Become a consultant on language in professions such as law or medicine | Work in the computer industry
How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
Meet with English Department’s Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Jemma Everyhope-Roser, or the English Linguistics Minor Advisor, Anne Lobeck, to declare this minor.
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.