Linguistics Secondary Emphasis

Effective Fall 2016

Course Number Description Credits
I. Core Courses                  (9 credits, 3 credits each):
EN 200 History of the Language 3
EN 300 Modern Theories of Grammar 3
WL 303 Sociolinguistics 3
II.  Electives (a minimum of 6 credits chosen from the following list):  
BI 450 OR BI 450CW Neurobiology 3 or 4
CM 130 Intro to Human Communication 3
CM 320 Qualitative Research Methods 3
CM 450B Nonverbal Communication 3
CS 110 Computer Science I 3
AND CS 255P Perl Programming 2
CS 362 Languages and Translation 4
ED 312 Language and the Brain 3
AND ED 313 Language and the Brain Lab 1
MA 220 Intro to Probability and Statistics 4
OR ND.SS 214 Statistics for Social Sciences 4
PL 208/MA 208 Symbolic Logic 3
PL 321 Philosophy of Language & Communication 4
PY 304 Cognitive Psychology 4
PY 339 Psychology of Language 3
SP 245/345 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology 3
III. Language (a minimum of 3 credits chosen from the following list-must meet prerequisites)  
CN 210 Chinese III 3
FR 210 French III 3
GR 210 Intermediate German 3
RU 210 Intermediate Russian 3
SP 210 Spanish III 3
SP 235 Intensive Spanish Grammar 3
SP 430 Advanced Spanish Grammar 3

*For students who have already demonstrated proficiency in one language at the 210 level, there are additional options for completing the language requirement: taking a 110 -or 120-level course in one of the languages not closely related to the language in which the student already has the 210-level proficiency or taking ED 300S, ED 301, AND ED 302: Sign Language I, II, and III. The student should see his or her adviser or any member of the Linguistics Committee for details.

Equivalent courses in other languages taken abroad or at another institution, as a special topics course or independent study, or in an online or hybrid course may also apply. Such a course may be chosen with the approval of the student’s advisors and the Linguistics Committee

Optional Capstone:

Seniors may choose to incorporate linguistics into their capstone experience, such as a thesis or project, in their POE departments. Alternatively, a senior project in linguistics could be done as an independent study with a member or members of the Linguistics Committee. Neither is required for the Secondary Emphasis in Linguistics.


A student with a Secondary Emphasis in Linguistics is strongly encouraged to have one of the members of the Linguistics Committee as one of his or her advisors.

More information:

Contact any member of the Linguistics Committee:

Deb Roney, chair
Michael Beamer
Kathleen Biddle
Lynn Cockett
Holly Hayer
Loren Rhodes
Xinli Wang