Minor in Linguistics

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:

  • Linguistics 131 Introduction to Linguistics (4 cr)
  • Two of the following courses: Ling. 133 Introduction to Syntax, Ling. 135 Words, or Ling. 220 Phonetics and Phonology (8 cr)
  • Two other linguistics courses OR one other linguistics course and one of the following courses: Anthropology 103 Linguistic Anthropology, Philosophy 110 Logic, Math/Computer Science 220 Discrete Structures, Computer Science 451 Formal Languages and Automata (8 cr)
  • Linguistics 389 Directed Research (1 cr)

Linguistics 389 is a one-credit directed research capstone course which should be taken after completion of the other five courses or during completion of the fifth course for the minor. It’s designed to help students connect their study of linguistics with their other studies at Luther, especially in their major.

Luther does not have a major in linguistics, but students interested in pursuing an Individualized Interdisciplinary Major 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.

Linguistics courses that will be offered in 2014-2015 are listed below, along with tentative offerings for fall of 2015:

  • Fall 2014: Linguistics 131, Linguistics 241
  • Spring 2015: Linguistics 131, Linguistics 135
  • Fall 2015: Linguistics 131, Linguistics 220