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2013-2014 Academic Catalog 
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Linguistics Concentration

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Carmen Valentin (Spanish)


Timothy Arner (English)
John Fennell (Philosophy)
Brigittine French (Anthropology)
Cynthia Hansen (Anthropology)
Kelly Herold (Russian)
Cori Jakubiak (Education)
Angelo Mercado (Classics)
John Stone (Computer Science)


The linguistics concentration focuses on the systematic and scientific study of language. It focuses on the investigation of 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, Computer Science, English, Philosophy, Psychology, Spanish and other foreign languages offer various perspectives on different aspects of language and its uses. Some knowledge of a nonnative language is required. The capstone experience for students in the concentration will either be a LIN 395, research seminar in Linguistics (topics variable), or an Independent Study or a MAP, which are expected to build on some past work in the student’s program. A public presentation will be required for students choosing MAPs.

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, for example:

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