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Language Science

The language science immersion prepares students in the interdisciplinary scientific study and analysis of human language. Language science 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 immersion irrespective of their skills in languages other than English. Besides a core course on linguistic principles, students can choose electives covering technology of language, philosophy of language, and language in culture and society. Electives allow students to customize the immersion to their interests and needs, with the support of a faculty advisor.

Students take Introduction to Language Science and any two of the other courses from this list. After completing this immersion, students can complete a minor in Language Science by adding two more courses.

ANTH-220 Language and Culture: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

ANTH-285 American Indian Languages

ANTH-290 Language, Sex, and Sexuality

ANTH-305 Investigating Language Change

ENGL-310 Introduction to Language Science

ENGL-351 Language Technology

ENGL-470 The Evolving English Language

ENGL-481 Introduction to Natural Language Processing

ENGL-482 Science and Analytics of Speech

ENGL-582 Advanced Topics in Computational Linguistics

MLAS-351 Linguistics of American Sign Language

MLCU-301 Psycholinguistics

MLJP-351 Language in Japanese Society

MLJP-451 Structure of Japanese Language

MLST-499 Special Topics: Modern Language (for linguistics topics such as Introduction to Syntax & Semantics or SLA & Bilingualism)

PHIL-414 Philosophy of Language

PSYC-331 Language and Thought


Dr. Cissi Ovesdotter Alm, LBR-2110,

Dr. Emily Prud'hommeaux, LBR-1317,

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