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Minor in Linguistics
Prerequisites to the minor:
- Engl 209 Introduction to Linguistics (3 credits, also offered as Lang 207)
- 2.8 GPA and junior standing or special permission (SIL requires a 2.8 GPA and junior standing in order for students to take its courses. Any exceptions to these requirements would need to be granted by the SIL director.)
Eight credits in the following core courses:
- Ling 450 Articulatory Phonetics (2 credits)
- Ling 451 Phonology I (3 credits)
- Ling 452 Syntax and Morphology I (3 credits)
Nine credits in non-core courses with linguistics content, chosen from the following list:
- Engl 299 Special Topics (1-4 credits), when the topic is linguistics
- Engl 309 Modern Grammar (3 credits)
- Engl 370 Language and Culture (3 credits, cross listed as Anth 370)
- Engl 417 Special Topics in Language (1-4 credits), when the topic is linguistics
- Engl 418 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits) – see note
- Engl 419 Teaching English as a Second Language (3 credits)
- Engl 442 History ofthe English Language (3 credits)
- Ling 455 Phonetics of Signed Languages (2 credits)
- Ling 470 Introduction to Sociolinguistics (2 credits)
- Ling 480 Second Language Acquisition Theory and Practice (3 credits) – see note
- Other upper-division or graduate courses whose content is linguistics, subject to approval by one of the program advisors.
NOTE: Engl 418 and Ling 480 are distinct courses in content and aims. Engl 418 focuses more on a cognitive and theoretical understanding of second language acquisition, particularly for language teaching of world languages in a traditional classroom setting. Ling 480 provides a practical approach to second language acquisition in a non-traditional, user-directed context where traditional instruction and resources are not available, as is typical in minority languages.
Language requirement for the minor:
- Three credits in a non-Indo-European language. If a suitable language is used to satisfy the language requirement of a student's major, it may also be used to satisfy the language requirement of the minor.
The following courses are among those that may be used to satisfy the language requirement:
- Chin 101, 102 First Year Chinese I and II (4 credits each)
- CSD 101, 102, 201 American Sign Language I, II, and III (2 credits each)
- IS 250, 251 Lakota Language I and II (3 credits each)
- IS 350 American Indian Languages (3 credits)
- Ling 480 Second Language Acquisition Theory and Practice, when the lab language is non-Indo-European (3 credits, this course may be used to satisfy both the language requirement and the non-core requirement)
- Other language courses in non-Indo-European languages may be used with the approval of a program advisor, including transfer courses.
The language requirement may also be satisfied by examination or by native competence in a suitable language, subject to approval by a program advisor.
Deaf students may, in consultation with a program advisor, substitute appropriate courses in the phonetics and phonology of sign languages for Ling 450 and Ling 451, if they also use a sign language to satisfy the non-Indo European language requirement.