Foreign Language Minor
For a foreign language minor, students enroll in one of the language patterns associated with the foreign language major, at a level consistent with their past background, and complete 18 credits in the sequence of offerings. Students in B.A. programs must complete the language requirement by taking a level IV (or higher level) course in a second language or by taking 21 credits in their minor language. Students in B.S. programs must complete the language requirement by taking a level II (or higher level) course in a second language or by taking 21 credits in their minor language.
Linguistics is the study of language as a cultural, psychological, and social phenomenon. It includes the study of the structural components of language, such as phonology, phonetics, morphology, and syntax, as well as the application of theory to real-world issues such as language pedagogy.
Majoring in a related discipline and minoring in linguistics can prepare students for a variety of careers, including teaching, translating, foreign service, and social work, or graduate study in linguistics and any of its related sub-fields.
The minor consists of 18 credits including WLL 211: Descriptive Linguistics. The remaining credits can be selected from a variety of courses on language and culture, history of language, philosophy, child language acquisition, and courses devoted to the description of a particular language: English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish.