Because the field of linguistics is so highly interdisciplinary, it’s an ideal discipline for study at a liberal arts college. Linguistics offers valuable insights to students of other social sciences such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, and social work. Students of English and classical and foreign languages also find knowledge about the structure, learning, and cross-cultural variation of language extremely helpful. Political science and business students benefit from insights on the politics of language, and physics, biology, and computer science students draw on linguistics to understand the physical properties of speech, neurolinguistics, and artificial intelligence.
The linguistics minor requires 21 credit hours of course work:
As a highly interdisciplinary field of study, linguistics offers students the opportunity to draw on linguistic knowledge to apply to and combine with other fields. Therefore, a key component of the linguistics minor at Luther is the Minor Capstone Paper. This is a one-credit directed research project that is designed to allow students to apply the knowledge gained in the minor to their major field of study. The Capstone paper should be taken after completion of the other five courses or during the completion of the fifth course for the minor.
Previous Capstone papers have focused on:
Luther does not have a major in linguistics, but students interested in pursuing an Individualized Interdisciplinary Major (IIM) incorporating an in-depth study of linguistics and another discipline should contact the head of the Linguistics Section. Examples of recent IIMs include English, Linguistics and Pedagogy; Comparative Linguistics; French Linguistics; and Cognitive Linguistics.