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General Studies - Linguistics

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General Studies - Linguistics(120 Hours)

L. Gordon, Coordinator

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. Students who major in linguistics will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities degree.

The major in linguistics requires 40 credit hours, variously distributed in the following sequence, depending upon the particular emphasis which the student and advisor together select.

First Year
First TermHours
Engl 101 [W] (GER)3
GenEd 110 [A] (GER)3
Math Proficiency [N] (GER)3
Science Elective (GER)4
Second TermHours
Arts & Humanities [H,G] (GER)3
Biological Sciences [B] (GER)4
Communication Proficiency [C,W] (GER)3
GenEd 111 [A] (GER)3
Linguistics Elective13
Second Year
First TermHours
Linguistics Elective13
Math, Cpt S, or Stat Elective23
Physical Sciences [P] (GER)4
Social Sciences [S,K] (GER)3
Elective3
Second TermHours
Arts & Humanities [H,G] or Social Sciences [S,K] (GER)3
Linguistics Elective16
Phil Elective33
Elective3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
Arts & Humanities [H,G], Intercultural Studies [I,G,K], or Social Sciences [S,K] (GER)6
Linguistics Elective13
300-level Foreign Language Elective43
Emphasis Elective53
Second TermHours
Intercultural Studies [I,G,K] (GER)3
Linguistics Elective13
300-level Foreign Language Elective43
Elective3
Emphasis Elective53
Fourth Year
First TermHours
Linguistics Elective13
300-400-level Electives12
Second TermHours
Tier III Course (GER)3
300-400-level Electives12

Footnotes

1Students must take ENGLISH 443 and 444, and 15 hours or more to be selected from ANTH 350, 450, 499; ENGLISH 255, 256, 454, 456, 457, 458, 499; COM 245; FOR LANG 101.
2Students must take 3-12 hours depending upon special emphasis to be selected from MATH 106 and 108, 140, 151, 171, 172, 182, 202, 206, 273, 283 (i.e., any precalculaus or calculus course or sequence); MATH/STAT 205,212, 360, 443, PSYCH 311 (i.e., any statistics course); Computer Science 111, 121, 251, 401, 440 (with its prerequisites Computer Science 122 and a statistics course), 443.
3Students must take 3-9 hours depending upon emphasis: PHIL 201, 401, 443, 499.
4 Students must take 6-18 hours depending on special emphasis. The 6-hour minimum, if elected, must be at the 300-level or higher.
5Emphasis electives are chosen in consultation with the advisor to meet the required 40 credit hours and may include Psych 490, 492, SHS 371, 375, TCH LRN 333, 414, ENGLISH 546, FOR L 440.
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