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Major in Linguistics

slavic & eastern languages and literatures

Ten one-semester courses (30 credits)

The focus of the linguistics program does not lie alone in the acquisition of language skills, but rather in learning to analyze linguistic phenomena with a view toward making significant generalizations about the nature of language.

Students majoring in Linguistics build their programs around a specific area of emphasis. A program of study tailored to the individual student's interests and goals is designed in consultation with the faculty.

Typical areas of emphasis include philology (the historical and comparative study of ancient languages), psycholinguistics, and language acquisition.
A major in Linguistics prepares students for a wide array of careers including education, law, publishing, speech pathology, government service, and computer science.

  • LING3101 General Linguistics (3 credits)
  • LING3102 Syntax and Semantics (3 credits)
  • LING3103 Language and Language Types (3 credits)
  • Two courses (6 credits) of a philological nature on the detailed structure of a language (see listing of such courses here: Linguistics Courses).
  • Five additional courses (15 credits) drawn from departmental offerings, supplemented by approved language-related courses in other departments.

Linguistics majors should have proficiency in one foreign language and competence in at least one other language at a level appropriate to their career plans. Some exposure to a non-Indo-European language is desirable (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Arabic--all of which are taught within the Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures)

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