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Language Science

The Language Science minor prepares students in the interdisciplinary scientific study and analysis of human language. The minor is directly applicable to students interested in computing and media, human-computer interaction, brain and cognition, language acquisition, human health, interpreting, relevant branches of engineering, and policy studies. Students can complete the minor requirements irrespective of their skills in languages other than English. Some courses in the minor include core linguistic principles, technology of language, psychology of language, and language in culture and society. Electives allow students to customize the minor to their interests and needs, with the support of a faculty advisor. The minor is an excellent complement to a major such as computer science, game design, information technology, psychology, sign language interpreting, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, bioengineering, science, or a foreign language.

To complete the minor, a student takes fifteen semester credit hours distributed over five courses as follows:

Required core course

ENGL-310 Introduction to Language Science

Foundations course: one course in a foundation area is required

ANTH-220 Language and Culture

ENGL-351 Language Technology

MCLU-301: Psycholinguistics

Elective courses: any three of these courses are required

A beginning ASL or foreign language course

ANTH-220 Language and Culture

ANTH-285 American Indian Languages

ANTH-290 Language, Sex, and Sexuality

ANTH-305 Investigating Language Change

ENGL-351 Language Technology

ENGL-470 Evolving English Language

ENGL-481 Introduction to Natural Language Processing

ENGL-482 Science and Analytics of Speech

ENGL-582 Advanced Topics in Computational Linguistics<

ENGL-584 Spoken Language Processing

MCLU-301 Psycholinguistics

MLAS-596 Linguistics of American Sign Language

MLJP-351 Languages in Japanese Society

MLJP-451 Structure of the Japanese Language

PHIL-414 Philosophy of Language

PSYC-331 Language and Thought

Special Topic or Independent Study if approved


Dr. Cissi Ovesdotter Alm, LBR-2110,

Dr. Emily Prud'hommeaux, LBR-1317,


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