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Linguistics Minor

Phone: 843.953.8198

Carol Toris, Director

This interdisciplinary minor in Linguistics is designed to permit an examination of the structure, history, evolution and socio-cultural roles of language through exposure to a variety of courses about language from different disciplinary perspectives. Such exposure should convey the importance of language and its study for a variety of career choices and should contribute to students’ understanding of human interaction, from the levels of the interpersonal to that of the global community.

Requirements

Credit Hours: 18

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

Introduction course (3 credit hours):

LING 125

Introduction to Language and Linguistics

One course from "Structural Linguistics" (3 credit hours):

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 290

Special Topics in Linguistics (depending on course topic)

LING 490

Special Topics (depending on course topic)

PHIL 120

Symbolic Logic

PHIL 335

Philosophy of Language

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)

NOTE: Any new, additional, or special topics courses in the area of structural linguistics will be considered for inclusion toward this requirement on an individual basis.

One course from "Historical Linguistics" (3 credit hours):

ENGL 309

English Language: Grammar and History

ENGL 312

History of the English Language

HIST 272

Pre-Colonial Africa

LING 290

Special Topics in Linguistics (depending on course topic)

LING 490

Special Topics (depending on course topic)

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.

Two courses from "Languages and Society" (6 credit hours):

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 290

Special Topics in Linguistics (depending on course topic)

LING 490

Special Topics (depending on course topic)

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, additional, or special topics courses in the areas of socio- or psycholinguistics will be considered for inclusion toward this requirement on an individual basis.

One elective from any of the above areas, LING 498 or LING 499, an approved Independent Study or Bachelor’s Essay course in another program on a topic also approved by the Linguistics Program director. (3 credit hours).

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

This program can benefit a variety or students and programs, for example:

  • Language majors
  • SNAP program students (by providing some alternative courses for language requirements)
  • School of Education, Health, and Human Performance majors (especially in the areas of English as a Second Language 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.