Minor in Linguistics

The School of Modern Languages in partnership with the School of Psychology and School of Interactive Computing offers an undergraduate minor in Linguistics. This interdisciplinary minor connects studies of the physical structures and mental processes involved in human language; the psychological and social factors that enable humans to acquire, use, comprehend and produce language; and the application of computer science to language and technology. The minor is designed for undergraduates who have an interest in theoretical or applied linguistics, culture, psychology, or language technology; and for students who will enter a wide range of careers, such as language education, educational design, language technology, and human/computer interaction.


Required Credit Hours: 15

All courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis and a grade of C or better must be received in each course.  Nine of the fifteen hours must be at the 3000 level or above. Other new courses offered in Modern Languages at the 3000- and 4000-level may count toward the minor with approval of the Linguistics Advisor.  However, no more than three hours of special topic courses from any discipline or department (CHIN, FREN, GRMN, JAPN, LING, SPAN, PSYC, or CS) can be counted for the minor, and these courses must be approved by the advisor. No more than three hours of coursework can be completed at another university, and this must be approved by the advisor.

For questions, please contact the Linguistics advisor

Core requirements - 3 hours

LING 2100 - Introduction to Linguistics

Electives (choose 4) - 12 hours

Course ID Course Name
CHIN 38131 Special Topics: Applied Chinese Linguistics
FREN 30301 French Phonetics
FREN 38231 Special Topics: French Applied Linguistics
GRMN 38131 Special Topics: German Applied Linguistics
JAPN 41501 Japanese Discourse and Grammar
JAPN 47501 Japanese Applied Linguistics
LING 3100 Applications of Linguistics
LING 3813 Special Topics*
LING 4813 Special Topics*
SPAN 41651 Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World
SPAN 41701 Spanish Applied Linguistics
SPAN 42701 Spanish Sociolinguistics
PSYC 2760 Human Language Processing
PSYC 30122 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
PSYC/CS 37902 Introduction to Cognitive Science
PSYC 40112 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 40903 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 42003 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology

1Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish courses may have prerequisites
2May only take 1 of PSYC 3012, PSYC 3790, and PSYC 4011
3May only take 1 of PSYC 4090 and PSYC 4200
*Note: No more than three hours of special topic courses can be counted towards the minor.