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Hillary Crane, Ph.D. • Anthropology
Masayuki Itomitsu, Ph.D. • Global Languages and Cultural Studies

David Fiordalis, Ph.D. • Religious Studies
Rachel Norman, Ph.D. • English
Sandra Elena Terra, Ph.D. • Global Languages and Cultural Studies
Jennifer Williams, Ph.D. • Religious Studies

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 Global Languages and Cultural Studies 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/GLCS 340; two courses chosen from ANTH 341, EDUC 245, and PSYC 288; one course from among GLGR 360, GLLA 101; RELS 200, RELS 202, RELS 204, and RELS 367; and one course from among GLCH 202, GLFR 202, GLGR 202, GLJP 202, and GLSP 202. No more than 8 credits from the Linguistics minor may also count toward a student’s major. No more than 4 credits from the Linguistics minor may also count toward another 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.
GLGR 360 Topics in German Civilization (when the topic is History of the German Language) – 3 credits. (IS or GP)
GLLA 101 Elementary Latin I – 4 credits.
GLLA 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)