Jul 15, 2024  
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Language and Cognition Minor

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Department of Linguistics, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

25 credits


The Language and Cognition Minor focuses on the interplay between language and the neural processes supporting it. Language and Cognition Minors will learn to use scientific thinking and research skills to generate hypotheses and test predictions about communication and language use, ranging from intelligent systems, including the human mind, to language processing, perception, and action, with applications for information technology and the study of artificial intelligence.

Why Consider a Language and Cognition Minor?

Students who minor in Language and Cognition will expand and enhance their knowledge and understanding of both Linguistics and Cognitive Science.  Moreover, they will acquire technical skills necessary for graduate studies in Computational Linguistics, Linguistics, and Cognitive Science/Neuroscience in addition to employment in various fields within research and technology.

 Contact Information

Language and Cognition Advisor
McNeel Jantzen
Bond Hall 418C

Academic Department Manager
Sara Helms
Bond Hall 418D

 Sample Careers

Lab Assistant in both Academic and Private Sector(s) | Research/Data Analyst in Corporate and Private Sector(s) | Lab Technician in Academic/Research setting

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

To declare, a student must be enrolled in or have completed:

  • LING 201 or LING 207 (or permission of chair).
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Students wishing to declare a minor should contact the Linguistics Department Chair or Academic Department Manager.

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.

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