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Linguistics Minor

Phone: 843.953.8066

Elizabeth Martínez-Gibson, Director/Coordinator

Linguistics is an interdisciplinary minor designed to examine the importance of language in all aspects of life and to contribute to the students’ expansion of the understanding of the global community. Linguistics is the study of language in its many different disciplines and environments. It is no longer simply a study of the theoretical issues of pronunciation and grammar, but it is also a study of how we acquire language, the learning process, societal effects, the evolution of language, the behavioral patterns involved, the importance of language in the computer age, and the biological aspects of language. The idea of this minor is to bring together all of these disciplines with one common theme, language. Through this field of study it is the intent that students will realize the importance of language in all fields of study and will be able to apply their knowledge in their careers and everyday life to communicate and understand the world as a whole.

Requirements

Credit Hours: 18

Students will take the following sequence of courses for a total of eighteen (18) credits:

Introduction to Language and Linguistics (3 credits)

Two courses from "Languages and Society" (6 credits):

ANTH 205

Language and Culture

COMM 215

Communication, Identity and Community

COMM 380

Studies in Communication (when appropriate to the area of language and linguistics)

ENGL 309

English Language :Grammar and History

HIST 272

Pre-Colonial Africa

LING 490

Special Topics

PSYC 358

Non-Verbal Communication

PSYC 378

Psychology of Language

SPAN 447

Spanish Dialectology

SPAN 448

Spanish Sociolinguistics

SPAN 590

Spanish Linguistics – Special Topics (with special permission)

NOTE: Any new courses, additional courses, or special topics in the area of socio- or psycholinguistics will be considered on an individual basis.

One course from "Structured Linguistics" (3 credits):

CSCI 325

Declarative Programming Languages

CSCI 410

Automata and Formal Languages

CSCI 470

Principles of Artificial Intelligence

ENGL 303

Modern English Grammar

ENGL 309

English Language: Grammar and History

FREN 342

Advanced Grammar

FREN 341

Phonetics and Advanced Language Study

GRMN 341

Advanced Grammar and Syntax

LALE 601

Applied Linguistics (with special permission)

LING 490

Special Topics

SPAN 344

Spanish Grammar and Lexicon

SPAN 381

Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

SPAN 443

Spanish Morphology

SPAN 445

Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

SPAN 590

Spanish Linguistics – Special Topics (with special permission)

PHIL 120

Symbolic Logic

PHIL 335

Philosophy of Language

NOTE: Any new courses, additional courses, or special topics in the area of descriptive language will be considered on an individual basis.

One course from "Historical Linguistics" (3 credits):

ENGL 309

English Language: Grammar and History

ENGL 312

History of the English Language

HIST 272

Pre-Colonial Africa

LING 490

Special Topics

SPAN 446

History of the Spanish Language

SPAN 447

Spanish Dialectology

NOTE: Any new courses or special topic courses related to the history or evolution of language will be considered on an individual basis.

One elective from any of the above areas or an independent study based on the approval of the director of the minor program, the department chair, and the faculty member involved (3 credits).

*** LING 290 is a Special Topics course, which can be used to introduce a linguistic course of interest.

***FREN 630 Seminars in French Language Studies (with special permission); Director must approve topic for the minor.

This program will benefit the following programs:

  • All language students
  • SNAP program, by providing additional alternative courses for language.
  • The School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, in the area of ESL and Special Education.

NOTE: Courses transferred to the College that count for requirements in different departments, must contain one-third linguistic content (similar to those courses taught here), to satisfy the minor requirement.