Linguistics Minor Requirements

Requirements for the Minor: 18 Credits

Prescribed Core Courses: 9 Credits

  • LING 100 (3) = Foundations of Linguistics
  • LING 402 (3) = Syntax I
  • LING 404 (3) = Phonology I

Additional Courses: 9 Credits

You must select 9 additional credits from LING offerings. 

If you would like to petition for a linguistics course to be added to the approved related courses list, please contact the director of the Linguistics Program, Mike Putnam.

  • LING 1 (3) = Language, Life, and Society                                                               
  • A basic introduction to the concepts of linguistics and language diversity.  This is not recommended after a student has already taken LING 100.
  • LING 401 (3) = Introduction to Linguistic Theory
    A survey of the principles of modern linguistic analysis; current approaches to phonology, morphology, and syntax of human languages.
  • LING 405 (3) = Historical Linguistics
    Looking at language from a historical and language change perspective. Studying how languages are historically related to each other, and how we can learn about history in general through what we know about ancient and modern languages.
  • LING 429/PSYCH 426 (3) = Language and Thought 
    Relations between language and cognition; cognitive implications of normal and impaired language development; cognition and bilingualism.
  • LING 446 (3) = First Language Acquisition
    How children learn their first language; psycholinguistic aspects of lexical, syntactic, semantic, and phonological development.
  • LING 447 (3) = Bilingualism 
    Explores the social and psychological aspects of bilingualism; topics include languages in contact, transference, maintenance, and loss.
  • LING 448 (3) = Sociolinguistics
    Issues in the study of language in its sociocultural context; analysis of social dialects and speech styles.
  • LING 449 (3) = Semantics I
    The study of meaning in human language; problems and methods of analysis in linguistic semantics; study of sense, reference, compositionality, quantification, presupposition, and sentence-level meaning.
  • LING 457/PSYCH 457 (3) = Psychology of Language 
    Overview of psychological research and theory on language processes, including speech perception, word recognition, meaning representation, comprehension, and language acquisition.
  • LING 493 (3) = Field Methods 
    Primary linguistic investigation of a language different from English; field work with a native speaker; data gathering; linguistic analysis.
  • LING 494 (3) = Research Project 
    Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
  • LING 496 (3) = Independent Studies 
    Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses. NOTE: Only 3 credits total of EITHER 494 OR 496 can count towards the major.

Graduate courses at the 500 level may be taken by advanced undergraduates on the recommendation of an advisor.


Director, Linguistics Program
(814) 263-2138
Undergraduate Officer, Associate Teaching Professor of Linguistics and African Studies
(814) 865-4252