Goals of the B.A. in Linguistics

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Graduates of the B.A. Linguistics program should be able to satisfy the following goals:

Goal 1: To transmit knowledge of the structure and function of language and its use and change in various cultural and social settings

 

BA Linguistics Program Learning Objectives

Courses

Assessment

PLO 1A:  Transcribe, using the International Phonetic Alphabet, and produce speech sounds of the world’s languages. Apply concepts of acoustic theory in analyses of speech data;

LING 101 (Introduced)

LING 111 (Reinforced)

LING 125 (Reinforced)

Transcription exercises, quizzes, midterm exam, final exam, term paper

PLO 1B: Analyze linguistic sound patterns in terms of their function, their structure, and the pressures that influence their change over time;

LING 101 (Introduced)

LING 113 (Reinforced)

LING 125 (Reinforced)

Initial assessment, data analysis problems, quizzes, midterm exam, final exam

PLO 1C: Analyze words and their internal structure in terms of their meanings, their sound properties, and the pressures that influence their change over time;

LING 101 (Introduced)

LING 162 (Reinforced)

LING 125 (Reinforced)

Data analysis problems, mini projects, midterm exam, final exam

PLO 1D: Analyze sentence structure in any language in terms of grammatical relations and constituent structure, and recognize the typological diversity of syntactic phenomena;

LING 101 (Introduced)

LING 112 (Reinforced)

LING 125 (Reinforced)

Syntactic analysis problems, mini projects, midterm exam, final exam

PLO 1E:  Analyze the meaning of words and sentences, elaborate on the role of linguistic and pragmatic context in the interpretation of meaning, and understand the role of theories in the analysis of semantic data;

LING 101 (Introduced)

LING 114 (Reinforced)

LING 125 (Reinforced)

Semantic analysis problems, mini projects, midterm exam, final exam

PLO 1F:  Identify phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic changes in the history of a language, discuss the contribution of social factors to language variation and change, explain the genetic and typological classification of languages, and use the comparative method to reconstruct ancestors of related languages;

LING 101 (Introduced)

LING 113 (Reinforced)

LING 125 (Reinforced)

Historical data analysis problems, mini projects, midterm exam, final exam

 

Goal 2: To help students develop critical thinking skills, analytical skills, and reading, writing and research skills

 

BA Linguistics Program Learning Objectives

Courses

Assessment

PLO 2A:  Analyze phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, and historical linguistics data;

LING 101 (Introduced)

LING 112 (Reinforced)

LING 113 (Reinforced)

LING 114 (Reinforced)

LING 162 (Reinforced)

LING 125 (Reinforced)

Data analysis problems, mini projects, midterm exam, final exam

PLO 2B:  Critically evaluate competing approaches to the analysis of linguistic data;

LING 112 (Introduced)

LING 113 (Introduced)

LING 114 (Introduced)

Homework assignments, term paper, mini projects

PLO 2C:  Use library and electronic research sources effectively;

LLD 100W (Introduced)

LING 114 (Reinforced)

LING 125 (Reinforced)

Homework assignments, annotated bibliographies

PLO 2D:  Use reading and writing skills effectively;

LLD 100W (Introduced)

All courses (Reinforced)

Part of the evaluation of every written assignment or exam

PLO 2E:  Demonstrate proficiency equivalent to one-year college level study in a language other than their native language.

Foreign language courses at any college; English proficiency for native speakers of a language other than English

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Goal 3
: To help students develop an understanding of the relationship between linguistic theories and areas such as artificial intelligence, cognitive science, language acquisition and learning, and language policy.

 

BA Linguistics Program Learning Objectives

Courses

Assessment

PLO 3A:  Discuss issues in speech synthesis, speech recognition, natural language processing, and develop speech recognition, speech synthesis and natural language processing programs;

LING 115 (Introduced)

LING 124 (Introduced)

LING 165 (Introduced)

Homework problems, midterm exam, final exam, parser, speech synthesizer

PLO 3B:  Evaluate theories of first and second language acquisition, and second language teaching;

LING 108 (Introduced)

LING 161 (Introduced)

Midterm exam, final exam, mini project, term paper

PLO 3C:  Identify language-related social programs in areas such as education, the law, the workplace, etc., and discuss the feasibility of various empirically-based solutions.

LING 125 (Introduced)

LING 122 (Introduced)

LING 129 (Introduced)

LING 166 (Introduced)

Sociolinguistic data collection and analysis reported in a term paper, midterm exam, final exam

 

Depending on the types of elective courses a student takes, one or more of the following objectives may be reinforced:


Goal 4
: To help students develop an appreciation for the diversity and dynamic nature of human languages and cultures in the U.S. and the world.

The Linguistics Program addresses this goal in all of its core courses as well as through specific areas of specialization that students may pursue. In that respect, Goal 4 is realized through the specific objectives listed for Goals 1, 2, and 3.