Minor in Linguistics

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The Minor in Linguistics provides training in the scientific study of language for students whose professional competence would be enhanced by a more thorough knowledge of linguistics than is provided by their majors. Linguistics studies the origins of language, the meaning and history of words, what language tells us about the workings of the human mind, and the practical aspects of language, including intercultural and interpersonal communication, language learning and teaching, and language as a conveyor of information in profound human arenas such as medicine and law.

Course Requirements


Core Requirements: 9 units

  • Ling 101 Introduction to Linguistics, 3 units
  • Ling 111 Introduction to Phonetics, 3 units
  • Ling 112 Introduction to Syntax, 3 units

Electives: 6 units


Six units of upper division course work, approved by the linguistics advisor

Language Requirement


One year college-level study of a language other than the student's native language

Total Units: 15 units