Jul 22, 2024  
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Linguistics and Education Minor

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Department of Linguistics, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

25 credits


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 acquisition, 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

Academic Department Manager
Sara Helms
Bond Hall 418D

 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


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

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

  • LING 201 or LING 204 (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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