A minor in Linguistics is strongly recommended for all students interested in language, such as those majoring in English, foreign languages, Communication, or Journalism. A minor emphasizing linguistic analysis adds strength and breadth to majors in areas such as Mathematics and Computer Science, which require working with abstract formal structures. A minor emphasizing psycholinguistics is valuable for students in development and cognitive psychology, a minor emphasizing in sociolinguistics is useful for majors in Anthropology, Sociology, and International Relations, and a minor emphasizing second language acquisition would be appropriate for students interested in language teaching and Education. Linguistics is also a relevant and extremely useful minor for students in pre-law and Business programs.



Requirements for the minor in Linguistics:

Lower Division Requirement:

LING 210: Introduction to Linguistics (4 units)

Upper Division Requirement:

Two courses from the following:

  • LING 301: Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology (4 units)
  • LING 302: Introduction to Syntax (4 units)
  • LING 303: Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics (4 units)
  • LING 415: Phonetics (4 units)

One course from the following:

  • LING 408: Sociolinguistics (4 units)
  • LING 405: Child Language Acquisition (4 units)
  • LING 406: Psycholinguistics (4 units)
  • LING 410: Second Language Acquisition (4 units)

And one additional upper-division linguistics course