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English - Linguistics Option

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English - Linguistics Option (120 Credits)

N. Bell, Coordinator

A student may be admitted to the English – Linguistics Option upon making their intention known to the department.

A student in the Bachelor of Arts in English - Linguistics option 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 formal theories of linguistic analysis. Students who complete the option in linguistics will earn a Bachelor of Arts in English degree.

The linguistics option requires 45 credits, variously distributed in the following sequence, depending upon the special emphasis which the student and advisor select together.
First Year
First TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab14
Humanities [HUM]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Second TermCredits
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab14
Second Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
Diversity [DIVR]3
Linguistics MATH, CPT S, or STAT Elective23
Linguistics PHIL Elective23
Foreign Language, if needed, or Elective3,43 or 4
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS], Humanities [HUM], or Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Linguistics Core Electives53
Foreign Language, if needed, or Elective3,43 or 4
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
ENGLISH 456 [M]3
300-400-level FOR LANG Elective23
Linguistics Emphasis Elective23
Second TermCredits
300-400-level FOR LANG Elective23
Linguistics Emphasis Elective3
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
PHIL 443 [M] 3
Linguistics Core Electives 53
Second TermCredits
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
Linguistics Emphasis Elective 23
300-400-level Electives7

1To meet University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements, students must take a [BSCI] course with lab and [PSCI] course with lab.
2Linguistics Electives: minimum 21 credits required, with a minimum of 12 credits from 300-400-level courses. Coursework must include: a) a minimum of 3 credits selected from CPT S 111, 121, 401, 440, 443, MATH 140, 171, 172, 182, 202, 273, 283, PSYCH 311, STAT 205, 212, 360, 443; b) minimum of 3 credits in PHIL 201, 401, 499; c) minimum of 6 credits in 300-400-level FOR LANG courses; and d) Emphasis Electives: Remaining courses should be taken in an area of emphasis and chosen in consultation with an advisor to include sufficient 300-400-level coursework to meet the 40-credit University requirements. Approved courses include any unused Linguistics Elective or Linguistics Core Elective, COMSOC 321, 421, ENGLISH 546, any unused FOR LANG course, PSYCH 490, 492, TCH LRN 333, and TCH LRN 414.
3Two years of high school foreign language or at least two semesters of college-level foreign language are required by the College of Arts and Sciences for graduation.
4Electives: Students in this major are encouraged to pursue a second major, minor, or certificate and should speak to their advisor about complementary options.
5Linguistics Core Electives: Minimum of 6 credits to be selected from ANTH/FOR LANG 350, ANTH 450, ENGLISH 112, 454, 458, or 499.

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