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Linguistics Concentration

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Kelly Herold (Russian)


Ashley Abraham (Psychology)
Timothy Arner (English)
John Fennell (Philosophy)
Brigittine French (Anthropology)
Eleanor Glewwe (French)
Cynthia Hansen (Anthropology)
Cori Jakubiak (Education)
Angelo Mercado (Classics)
Carmen Valentín (Spanish)


The interdisciplinary field of Linguistics is concerned with the study of language from a scientific perspective. Linguists look for patterns both within individual languages and across many languages in order to describe how language works, hypothesize how it is represented in the mind, and analyze how it is used in society. Courses in the Linguistics Concentration investigate the core aspects of human language, including the physical properties and structure of sounds (phonetics and phonology), words (morphology), and sentences (syntax). In addition to the study of these core areas of structure, elective courses in the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Computer Science, Education, English, Philosophy, Psychology, Spanish, and other foreign languages offer various perspectives on different aspects of language and its uses. Some formal knowledge of a language other than English is required. The capstone experience for students in the concentration will either be a research seminar in Linguistics, an Independent Study, or a MAP, which are expected to build on past work in the student’s program. Students who complete the capstone through an Independent Study or MAP will be required to give a public presentation on campus.

Concentration requirements: 22 or 24 credits as follows:

1. Linguistics 114: 4 credits

2. Linguistics Core - 4 credits chosen from:

3. Elective courses - 12 credits chosen from:

4. Advanced core courses: 2 or 4 credits

 Students may choose one of the following options for the fulfillment of this requirement:

5. Also Required:

Competence in a nonnative language, as certified by the relevant department (equivalent to or beyond: ARB 222 CHI 222 , FRN 222 GRE 222 , GRM 222 JPN 222 LAT 222 , RUS 222 , SPN 217  or SPN 285 .)

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