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Hillary Crane, Ph.D. • Anthropology
Peter Richardson, Ph.D. • Modern Languages

David Fiordalis, Ph.D. • Religious Studies
Masayuki Itomitsu, Ph.D. • Modern Languages
Katherine Kernberger, Ph.D. • English
Kay Livesay, Ph.D. • Psychology
William Millar, Ph.D. • Religious Studies
Pamela Pearson, Ph.D. • Education
Violeta Ramsay, Ph.D. • Modern Languages

The linguistics minor combines offerings from six departments in the Arts and Humanities and the Social and Behavioral Sciences divisions. Thus it provides an interdisciplinary concentration on the science of language, ranging from descriptive and historical linguistics to socio- and psycholinguistics, language acquisition, semantics, and more. Ideally, that will include at least one year of study in an ancient language and at least two years in a modern one, but linguistics is decidedly not, as is frequently assumed, “just learning lots of languages.” This minor, rooted firmly in the humanities and social sciences, is a rewarding addition to majors in a wide variety of academic disciplines.

Students completing a minor in Linguistics will:

  • Learn to describe with some precision the sounds and forms of language as well as the rules that govern language
  • Explore the social contexts in which human thought is given meaning through language and language is in turn influenced by those social contexts
  • Understand how modern languages have evolved from their ancient forebears
  • Learn how language expresses systems of human interaction, including patterns of migration and settlement history
  • Study how humans acquire language and what mechanisms can impair that acquisition
  • Assess the viability of endangered languages and the development of pidgins and creoles
  • Compare standard written English with its spoken analogues in slang and dialect

Requirements for the Minor

For a minor: completion of 23-24 credits, including ANTH 111 and ANTH/MDLA 340; two courses chosen from ANTH 341, EDUC 245, and PSYC 288; and total of 8 credits from among ENGL 425, MLGR 360, MLLA 101 and 102, RELS 200 and 201, RELS 202 and 203, RELS 204 and 205, and RELS 367.

No more than 8 credits from the Linguistics minor may also count towards a student’s major. No more than 4 credits from the Linguistics minor may also count towards another minor.

Study of a modern language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish) through the 202 level is strongly recommended, but such courses do not count toward the 23-24 credits for the minor. Because not every course listed below is offered every year, students minoring in Linguistics must plan carefully in order to fulfill their requirements in a timely fashion.


ANTH 111 Cultural Anthropology – 4 credits. (IS or GP)
ANTH 340 Introduction to Linguistics (also listed as MDLA 340) – 3 credits.
ANTH 341 Language and Culture – 4 credits. (IS or GP)
EDUC 245 Educational Linguistics and Language Acquisition for ESOL – 3 credits.
PSYC 288 Psychology of Language – 4 credits.
ENGL 425 History of the English Language – 3 credits.
MLGR 360 Topics in German Civilization (when the topic is History of the German Language) – 3 credits. (IS or GP)
MLLA 101 Elementary Latin I – 4 credits.
MLLA 102 Elementary Latin II – 4 credits.
RELS 200 New Testament Greek – 5 credits.
RELS 201 Greek Readings – 3 credits.
RELS 202 Hebrew I – 5 credits.
RELS 203 Hebrew II: Readings in Biblical Hebrew – 3 credits.
RELS 204 Elementary Sanskrit I – 4 credits.
RELS 205 Elementary Sanskrit II – 4 credits.
RELS 367 Scribes and Schools: Recording Ancient Wisdom – 4 credits. (UQ)

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