Languages: Linguistics: Courses

The School of Modern Languages offers linguistics certificates in the following specializations:

  • Certificate in General Linguistics (Track A)
  • Certificate in Language Processing (Track B)

Certificate in General Linguistics (Track A)

The Linguistics Certificate in General Linguistics is a joint effort of the School of Modern Languages, the School of Psychology, and the School of Interactive Computing.  The 12-credit track is designed for ALIS majors who have an interest in applied linguistics, culture, and psychology.  However, credits taken for the completion of the linguistic certificate cannot count towards the completion of another major, minor, or certificate.

The requirements of the certificate will be fulfilled by completing the following courses:

Required Course (3 credits)

  • LING 2100 - Introduction to Linguistics

Electives Chosen from the Course List (9 credits)

  • CHIN 3813 - Chinese Language, Society, and Culture

  • FREN 3030 - French Phonetics

  • FREN 4813 - Creole Cultures of New Orleans and the Caribbean

  • JAPN 4150 - Japanese Grammar and Discourse

  • JAPN 4780 - Japanese Applied Linguistics

  • LING 3100 - Applications of Linguistics

  • LING/PSYC 2760 - Human Language Processing

  • LING 3813/4813 - Special Topics (with permission of LING advisor)

  • PSY 3011 - Cognitive Psychology

  • CS/PSYC 3790 - Introduction to Cognitive Science

  • PSYC 4200 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology

  • SPAN 4165 - Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World

  • SPAN 4170 - Spanish Applied LInguistics

  • SPAN 4813 - Spanish Socio-Pragmatics

Note: All courses counting toward a certificate must be taken on a letter grade basis and a grade of "C" or better must be received in each course. A maximum of 6 credits of Special Topics courses may count towards the certificate.  Spanish/Japanese/French courses may have prerequisites. Consult the instructor.

The School of Modern Languages will also accept one linguistics course on the 3000- or 4000-level taken at Emory, Georgia State, or other accredited universities. Students wanting to take a course at either university would have to get approval from the Linguistics Advisor at Georgia Tech before registering for a course. A 2000-level course may be accepted by the GT Linguistics Advisor if its contents are based upon examples from Chinese or Korean, given the extra difficulty involved in having enough command of one of these languages to deal with more complex materials.

Track A students who wish to use credit for a linguistics course the s/he takes abroad are required to petition the Advisor and submit a copy of the syllabus of the course to the Advisor prior to traveling abroad for approval.  If the course level meets the expectation (3000 or 4000 level), it will be approved.

Special Topics courses should have a focus on the linguistic systems of selected languages (Track A) in order to be considered for LING certificates; these courses shall require the approval of the Linguistics Advisor.

Newly approved LING courses may be counted with approval of the Advisor.

Certificate in Language Processing (Track B)

The Linguistics Certificate in Language Processing is a joint effort of the School of Modern Languages, the School of Interactive Computing, and the School of Psychology. The 12-credit track is designed with computer science majors in mind who have an interest in linguistics and natural language processing. However, credits taken for the completion of the linguistics certificate cannot count towards the completion of another major, minor, or certificate. The requirements of the certificate may be fulfilled by completing the following courses:

Required Course (3 credits)

  • LING 2100 - Introduction to Linguistics

Electives Chosen from the Open Course List/Thread* (9 credits)

  • CS 3240 - Languages and Computation

  • CS 3510 - Design and Analysis of Algorithms

  • CS 3600 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

  • CS/PSYC 3790 - Introduction to Cognitive Science

  • CS 3803/4803 or LING 3813/4813 - Special Topics (with prior approval of LING advisor)

  • CS 4635 - Knowledge-based AI

  • CS 4641 - Machine Learning

  • CS 4650 - Natural Language Processing

  • CS 4660 - Educational Technology

  • LING/PSYC 2760 Human Language Processing

  • LING 3100 - Applications of Linguistics

  • PSYC 3011 - Cognitive Psychology

Note: All courses counting toward a certificate must be taken on a letter grade basis and a grade of "C" or better must be received in each course. A maximum of 6 credits of Special Topics courses (LING 3813/4813 & CS 3803/4803) may count towards the certificate.  Not all CS 3803/4803 courses count toward the certificate. Consult the Linguistics Advisor.

For Track B students, other courses listed under the "Approaches to Intelligence," "Knowles-based Intelligence," and "Human Cognition and Interaction" in Linguistics may also count with prior approval from the Linguistics advisor. Some of the CS courses may have prerequisites established by the College of Computing. Consult the Georgia Tech catalog and the College of Computing website.