College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Linguistics Concentration

What is it that you know when you know how to speak a language like English? What is it that you do when you articulate the words of your language? What do you hear when you hear sounds "as language"? What kind of organization do you employ when you speak in "complete sentences"? Linguistics explores possible answers to these and many other questions about human language. The linguistics concentration offers a thorough grounding in contemporary linguistic description and theory.

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Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in English must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete 36 credits in English/Linguistics beyond ENGH 300 (not including ENGH 302) with a minimum GPA of 2.00.  At least 12 credits (including the capstone requirement) must be at the 400 level.

300-level courses in English and linguistics teach the foundational principles for a field of study, include courses of broad scope, and provide an introduction to a genre, literary period, or methodology.

400-level courses in English and linguistics provide an in-depth approach to a field of study, a single genre, literary period, or methodology.  They include special topics classes and English honors classes.  Some 400 level courses require ENGH 305 as a prerequisite.

Students choose at least one and no more than two of seven concentrations, or an emphasis in comparative literature.

Students should consult with an English Department advisor to learn ways in which the Mason Core requirements can also satisfy college-level requirements for the English major.

BA in English with a concentration

Five required courses (15 credits)

Threshold course (3 credits)

ENGH 301 - The Fields of English Credits: 3

Field introduction courses (6 credits)

One required course (3 credits)

ENGH 305 - Dimensions of Writing and Literature Credits: 3

Additional course (3 credits) chosen from:

For many students this requirement will be met within the concentration. Those students will complete an additional 3 credit ENGH course above ENGH 302.

LING 306 - General Linguistics Credits: 3

ENGH 315 - Folklore and Folklife Credits: 3

ENGH 318 - Introduction to Cultural Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 372 - Introduction to Film Credits: 3

ENGH 380 - Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 396 - Introduction to Creative Writing Credits: 3

Theory course (3 credits)

ENGH 308 - Theory and Inquiry Credits: 3

Capstone course (3 credits) chosen from:

ENGH 401 - RS: Honors Thesis Writing Seminar Credits: 3

ENGH 417 - RS: Topics in Folklore Research Credits: 3

ENGH 458 - RS: Topics in Literary Research Credits: 3

ENGH 470 - RS: Topics in Film/Media History Credits: 3

ENGH 484 - RS: Writing Ethnography Credits: 3

ENGH 486 - RS: Writing Nonfiction for Publication Credits: 3

Three core courses (9 credits)

Courses taken to fulfill this requirement may simultaneously satisfy a concentration.  Special topics courses, when relevant, may be used to fulfill this requirement with the prior written approval of the department.

One course (3 credits) in literature before 1800 chosen from:

ENGH 320 - Literature of the Middle Ages Credits: 3

ENGH 321 - English Poetry and Prose of the 16th Century Credits: 3

ENGH 322 - Shakespeare Credits: 3

ENGH 323 - Shakespeare: Special Topics Credits: 3

ENGH 324 - English Renaissance Drama Credits: 3

ENGH 325 - English Poetry and Prose of the 17th Century Credits: 3

ENGH 330 - Augustan Age: 1660-1745 Credits: 3

ENGH 331 - Age of Sensibility: 1745-1800 Credits: 3

ENGH 332 - Restoration and 18th Century Drama Credits: 3

ENGH 333 - British Novel of the 18th Century Credits: 3

ENGH 340 - Early American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 421 - Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 422 - Chaucer Credits: 3

ENGH 424 - Spenser Credits: 3

ENGH 428 - Milton Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) in literature before 1915 chosen from courses listed above and the following courses:

ENGH 334 - British Poetry of the Romantic Period Credits: 3

ENGH 335 - Prose and Poetry of the Victorian Period Credits: 3

ENGH 336 - British Novel of the 19th Century Credits: 3

ENGH 341 - Literature of the American Renaissance Credits: 3

ENGH 343 - Development of the American Novel to 1914 Credits: 3

ENGH 348 - Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865 Credits: 3

ENGH 349 - African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903 Credits: 3

ENGH 360 - Continental Fiction, 1770-1880 Credits: 3

ENGH 361 - Continental Fiction, 1880-1950 Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) in minority, folkloric, or popular literary and cultural traditions chosen from:

ENGH 310 - Topics: Women and Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 315 - Folklore and Folklife Credits: 3

ENGH 319 - Popular Culture Credits: 3

ENGH 348 - Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865 Credits: 3

ENGH 349 - African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903 Credits: 3

ENGH 350 - African American Literature Through 1946 Credits: 3

ENGH 351 - Contemporary African American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 352 - Topics in Ethnic American Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 362 - Global Voices Credits: 3

ENGH 366 - The Idea of a World Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 367 - World Literatures in English Credits: 3

ENGH 412 - Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3

ENGH 414 - Folklore of the Spirit World Credits: 3

ENGH 415 - Folk Arts and Folk Artists Credits: 3

ENGH 416 - Ethnicity and Migration in Folklore Credits: 3

ENGH 419 - Topics in Popular Literature Credits: 3

ENGH 451 - Science Fiction Credits: 3

ENGH 452 - Critical Study of Children's Literature Credits: 3

One elective course (0-12 credits)

Students must take 0-12 elective credits in the major as needed to meet the 36-credit requirement.

Four courses (12 credits) in one concentration

Special topics courses may be used to fulfill the requirements for a concentration when so designated by department.

◊ Concentration in Linguistics (LING)

One required course (3 credits):

LING 306 - General Linguistics Credits: 3

Three courses (9 credits) chosen from:

LING 307 - English Grammar Credits: 3

LING 450 - Introduction to Sociolinguistics Credits: 3

LING 485 - Semantics and Pragmatics Credits: 3

LING 486 - Syntax I Credits: 3

LING 490 - Generative Phonology Credits: 3

LING 499 - Independent Study Credits: 1-3

LING 507 - Field Work in Applied Linguistics Credits: 3

LING 521 - Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language Credits: 3

LING 523 - English Phonetics Credits: 3

LING 581 - Psycholinguistics Credits: 3

LING 582 - Second Language Acquisition Credits: 3

Total: 36 credits

Writing Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in English fulfill this requirement by successfully completing ENGH 305. Students doing the comparative literature emphasis who do not take ENGH 305 will have to meet the writing intensive requirement with another non-English course.


Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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