Mar 01, 2024  
2023-24 Western Washington University Catalog 
    
2023-24 Western Washington University Catalog

Linguistics and Education Minor


Department of Linguistics, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

25 credits

Introduction

The scientific study of language, linguistics, has long been recognized as important within education, and ongoing work continues to investigate how linguistics can be most productively applied in education to best reflect current research on language structure, language variation, language change, language acquistion, and language as a social tool. An understanding of how language works, of the ways in which language and culture are intertwined, and of the ways language is and has been used to discriminate, to transform, and to empower are critical components for educators. 

Why Consider a Linguistics and Education Minor?

Students who minor in Linguistics and Education will significantly advance their understanding of linguistic and cultural diversity, of the powers of language to discriminate and to empower, and of the ways in which these fields of Linguistics and Education inform each other. The set of courses in this minor are not just for future K-12 teachers but for all “educators”, broadly defined. Such study is critical not just for teachers of and about language, but for educators of all subject areas. More broadly, however, this set of courses provides all students with insights into ways in which the education system shapes social perceptions of languages and of language users, ways that affect language policy.

 Contact Information

Linguistics Chair
Kristin Denham
Bond Hall 418
360-650-3217
Kristin.Denham@wwu.edu

Academic Department Manager
Sara Helms
Bond Hall 418D
360-650-3914
Sara.Helms@wwu.edu

 Sample Careers

K-12 Teaching (World Languages, ESL, literacy, social studies, science) | Translating and Interpreting | Language documentation and fieldwork | Publishing (editing, writing) | Lexicography (dictionary research and editing) | Law (forensic linguistics)

 Major/Career Resources

www.wwu.edu/careers/students_choosingamajor.shtml

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Fill out section 1 of the Minor Declaration and Change Web Form. Enter the email address Linguistics@wwu.edu at the bottom of the form, then click “submit.”

Linguistics majors may also have a Linguistics and Education minor, substituting courses under advisement; courses may not double count for the major and minor.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.