Linguistics Curriculum

Linguistics Contact

Linguistics Director and Advisor
280 Bachelor Hall
(513) 529-5240

Major Requirements

A student majoring in English/Linguistics must complete 41-44 semester hours distributed as follows:

Core Courses (17 hours)

Students must take 17 hours semester hours of Core Courses offered by various departments (English, GRAMELAC, Spanish and Portuguese, Anthropology).

Students must take all of these courses:

  • ENG 202 - Varieties of English: Dialect Diversity and Language (3 hours)
  • ENG 301 - History of the English Language (4 hours)
  • ENG/SPN 303 - Introduction to Linguistics (4 hours)
    or
    ATH/GER 309 - Introduction to Linguistics (4 hours)

Take this special topics course once. May be taken up to two more times, toward fulfillment of requirements for Related I: 

  • ENG 201 - Language Awareness (3 hours) *

Take one of these: 

  • ENG 405 Capstone - Advanced Linguistics: The Research Program of Noam Chomsky (3 hours) 
    or
    ENG 406 Capstone - Discourse Analysis: Speech Acts in Context (3 hours) 

* Note: ENG 201 is offered frequently, with each offering focusing on a different topic. Students are required to take ENG 201 once as a Core requirement; they may elect to take it up to two more times as a Related I requirement.

Related Courses (18 hours)

Students must take 18 hours semester hours of Related Courses offered by diverse departments such as Teacher Education, Anthropology, Mathematics, and the foreign language departments. Related I and Related II courses allow students to take courses that examine language from a variety of perspectives.

No more than 2 courses can be taken from one department.

Related I includes courses in natural and artificial languages and first and second language acquisition.

Students take 9 semester hours from these courses:

Related Courses I
Course Title Hours
CIT 154 Personal Computer Concepts and Applications 3
CSE 151 Computers, Computer Science, and Society 3
CSE 174 Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving 3
CSE 274 Data Abstraction and Data Structures 3
CSE 283 Data Communication and Networks 3
CSE 473 Automata, Formal Languages, and Computability 3
CSE 474 Compiler Design 3
CSE 486 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 3
ENG 201 Language Awareness 3
ENG 226 Introduction to Creative Writing: Short Fiction and Poetry 3
ENG 302 Structure of Modern English 4
ENG 313 Technical Writing 3
ENG 327 Medieval Literature 3
ENG 410 Topics in Linguistics 3
FRE 341 Conversation and Current Events in France 3
FRE 361 French Pronunciation 3
GER 471 Linguistic Perspectives on Contemporary German 3
PSY 374 Psychology of Language and Thought 3
SPA 101 Beginning ASL I 4
SPA 223 Language Development 3
SPA 334 Phonetics 3
SPN 311 Grammar Review and Composition 3
SPN 312 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics 3
SPN 409 Advanced Spanish Composition 3
SPN 481 Spanish Phonology and Syntax 3
SPN 482 Spanish Dialectology 3
SPN 483 History of the Spanish Language 3
SPN 484 Second Language Acquisition: Spanish 3

Related II includes courses in social interaction and communication, research methods, logic and cognition, and teaching foreign languages.

Students take 9 semester hours from these courses.

Take only 1 course from Group 1.

Related II - Group 1 Courses
Course Title Hours
ATH 361 Language & Power 3
ATH 364 Language & Culture in Native North America 3
ATH 425 Ethnographic Field Methods 3
SOC 262 Research Methods 4
SOC 462 Applied Sociological Research 3
STC 262 Empirical Research Methods 3
Related II - Group 2 Courses
Course Title Hours
ATH 265 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology 4
ATH 465 Ethnography of Communication 3
COM 436 Intercultural Communication 3
EDT 427 Adolescent Language Arts I 3
EDT 428 Adolescent Language Arts II 3
EDT 444 Language Teaching and Learning I 3
EDT 445 Language Teaching and Learning II 3
MTH 483 Introduction to Formal Systems and Mathematical Logic 3
PHL 273 Formal Logic 4
PHL 373 Symbolic Logic 4
PSY 271 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 372 Learning and Cognition 4
PSY 374 Psychology of Language and Thought 3
PSY 470 Seminar in Cognition 3
STC 434 Non-Verbal Communication 3
STC 436 Intercultural Communication 3

Concentration in Foreign Language Linguistics (9 hours) or Electives (6 hours)

Students must take 9 semester hours in a single foreign language at the 300 level or above. Alternatively,  they can take Electives (see below).

Note: Foreign language courses taken to fulfill the Related requirements may not count toward the foreign language concentration.

Electives (6 credits)
Students must take 6 semester hours of electives selected from Related Courses. Alternatively, they can take the Concentration in Foreign Language Linguistics (see above).

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