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Language Science

The Language Science minor provides students with the knowledge of how sounds, structure, and meaning work in human language, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge in disciplines such as computing, psychology, interpreting, and engineering. Students are encouraged to pursue their individual career interests in language, from the relationship between language and culture to the cognitive underpinnings of language to the tools and methods powering language technology in artificial intelligence.

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

ENGL-371 Language, Dialects, and Identity [Note: Substitute for 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

ENGL-351 Language Technology

ENGL-371 Language, Dialects, and Identity [Note: Substitute for ANTH 220 Language and Culture]

ENGL-470 Evolving English Language

ENGL-482 Language and Brain [Note: Science and Analytics of Speech]

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


Note: To substitute a relevant course in the minor (such as ENGL 584 Spoken Language Processing) please contact minor advisor Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm by email: <> or phone: (585) 475-7327. This will involve completing a substitution form.


Dr. Cissi Ovesdotter Alm, LBR-2110,

Dr. Emily Prud'hommeaux, LBR-1317,


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