Minor in Linguistics

Catalog Year: 2023-2024


Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Language is studied descriptively, theoretically, computationally, psychologically, and as a social phenomenon. The field of linguistics thus informs and is informed by many other areas of study, including philosophy, psychology, sociology, computer science, the study of individual languages and literature, literary studies, and education.

This minor introduces the fundamental concepts of modern linguistic theory and explores how these concepts relate to various other disciplines.


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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

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Core Courses

General Linguistics

LING 306 General Linguistics (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 3

Syntactic Theory, Phonological Theory, or Linguistic Semantics

Select one course from the following: 3
Syntax I
Generative Phonology
Semantics and Pragmatics
Total Credits 3


Select three from the following: 1 9
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Mason Core)
Foundations of Intercultural Communication (Mason Core)
Topics in the Sociopolitics of Language
Multilingualism, Identity, and Power (Mason Core)
Total Credits 9

Other elective courses, when topic is relevant, may be applied to the minor with the prior written approval of the director.