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Language Science minor

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services

The language science minor prepares students for the 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. Electives allow students to customize the minor to their interests and needs, with the support of a faculty adviser. The minor is an excellent complement to majors such as computer science, game design, information technology, psychology, sign language interpreting, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, bioengineering, science, or a foreign language.

Notes about this minor:

  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).
Required Courses
ENGL-310 Introduction to Language Science
Plus one of the following:
   ANTH-220    Language and Culture
   ENGL-351    Language Technology
   ENGL-356    Meaning in Language
   MLCU-301    Special Topics: Psycholinguistics
   MLCU-302    Introduction to Syntax
Choose three of the following:
       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-356    Meaning in Language
   ENGL-370    Evolving English Language
   ENGL-482    Science and Analytics of Speech
   ENGL-581    Introduction to Natural Language Processing
   ENGL-582    Seminar in Computational Linguistics
   ENGL-584    Spoken Language Processing
   MLAS-596    Linguistics of American Sign Language
   MLCU-301    Psycholinguistics
   MLCU-302    Introduction to Syntax
   MLJP-351    Languages in Japanese Society
   MLJP-451    Structure of the Japanese Language
   MLST-499    Special Topics: Modern Language
   PHIL-414    Philosophy of Language
   PSYC-331    Language and Thought

* Students may also use special topic courses or independent study, if approved by the minor adviser.