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Linguistics

Linguistics is traditionally defined as the study of the nature and structure of human language.

A student majoring in linguistics may expect a broad liberal education in literature, anthropology, mathematics, and philosophy around a core of language. The student will gain a substantial familiarity with several languages and types of linguistic structure and will become conversant with the formal theories of linguistic analysis and the historical study of language.

Linguistics is available as a minor through the English department or as a specialization option in the humanities degree program.

Strengths of the program

  • Courses introduce you to several languages and types of linguistic structure, formal theories of linguistic analysis, and the historical study of language.
  • Gain a broad liberal education in literature, anthropology, mathematics, and philosophy around a core of language.
  • General studies is for students who have varied interests that cut across the usual departmental boundaries and wish to play a major role in deciding on a suitable curriculum of study.

Core courses include:
– Speech, Thought, and Culture
– Descriptive Linguistics
– Special Problems in Anthropology
– Introduction to Syntax and Semantics
– History of the English Language
– Topics in Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics
– Special Problems in English

– Speech, Thought, and Culture
– Descriptive Linguistics
– Special Problems in Anthropology
– Introduction to Syntax and Semantics
– History of the English Language
– Topics in Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics
– Special Problems in English

 

 

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Lynn Gordon
Department of English

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