BA in Linguistics - Speech and Language Science Concentration
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The linguistics major consists of linguistics courses designed to foster a deep understanding of human natural language, including an appreciation of the structure and organization of natural languages, the variety of natural languages, the commonalities that underlie the vast apparent differences among languages, the processes of language acquisition in children, the psychological and neurological bases of language use, and the form and significance of social variation in language.
The speech and language science concentration is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in speech-language pathology, audiology, or related disciplines.
The goals of the linguistics major are 1) to help each student develop an understanding of the nature of natural language, 2) to help each student develop a foundation of more specialized expertise relevant to the student’s career goals, and 3) to help each student compile a record of achievement that will facilitate the student’s search for employment or further education.
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In addition to the requirements listed in the BA, the following items are necessary for the Speech and Language Science Concentration:
One 400-level LIN course (three credits)
Four semesters of language study (number of credits varies depending on course)
Students pursuing the general linguistics major and speech and language science concentration must complete four semesters of a language or languages other than their native language. Students may choose to take four semesters of the same language or to divide the four courses among two or more different languages. The language courses may be waived on a case-by-case basis for students who demonstrate the equivalent degree of competency in a language or languages. In such cases, students replace the language course credits with other linguistics courses (or possibly with linguistics-related courses in other areas). The substitutions are made in consultation with the student's advisor. Students pursuing the English ASL/interpreting concentration must have taken four semesters of ASL (101-202) or have attained a level of proficiency equivalent to four semesters. These courses (or the equivalent) do not count as credits toward the major, but are prerequisites to the interpreting courses and upper-level ASL courses.
Honors for Speech and Language Science Concentration:
- Achieve a G.P.A. of at least 3.7 in LIN courses.
- Receive a grade of 'B' or higher in all language courses that count toward the major.
- Submit a linguistic activities portfolio that is approved by the Department. (The portfolio documents linguistic activities outside of required course work. Examples of such activities include independent study and research internship courses, tutoring, attendance at linguistics conferences.) Students who plan to submit a portfolio should discuss the details with their advisor.
- Complete a senior thesis (LIN 498) and earn a grade of 'A'.
Suggested four-year plan for Linguistics Majors, Speech and Language Science Concentration:
There are many possible paths through the major. The listings below are suggestions that may or may not be appropriate for individual students. Courses do not have to be taken in the order shown here so long as the prerequisites for each course are met before it is taken.
See the departmental catalog listing for course prerequisites. Note especially that students must earn at least a 'B' in LIN 185 before enrolling in LIN 311, 312, 313, 314, or 315.
Note that many of the suggested semester schedules listed here do not make up a full course load. These semesters would need to be filled out with general education courses, electives, a minor, or possibly a second major.
Speech and Language Science Concentration:
(Courses in italics are required by many grad schools, but not for the major)
- Fall 1: Language 1
- Spring 1: LIN 185, PSY 101, MAT 120 (or PSY 105), Language 2
- Fall 2: LIN 201, LIN 211, LIN 311, LIN 313, Language 3
- Spring 2: LIN 312, LIN 314, LIN 315 (or Summer 2), Language 4
- Fall 3: LIN 213, LIN 310, LIN 313, Biology
- Spring 3: LIN 4xx (usually LIN 421 or 422)
- Fall 4: Physics
- Spring 4: LIN 490, LIN 498 thesis (if doing honors)
To help students plan their academic careers, we try to offer courses on a regular cycle. This is difficult and we cannot always offer courses when we, or our students, would most like them to appear. So, this listing should not be mistaken for a promise to offer any particular course in any given semester. Nevertheless, to the extent we can, we try to keep to the plan laid out below.
Offered every fall:
- ASL 101, 201
- ASL 401
- LIN 201 (or every other fall)
- LIN 185
- LIN 310
- LIN 311 (or every other fall)
- LIN 313
- LIN 332
- LIN 333
- LIN 334
Offered every spring:
- ASL 101, 102, 202
- ASL 402
- LIN 185
- LIN 203
- LIN 305
- LIN 312 (or every other spring)
- LIN 331
- LIN 422
- LIN 435
Offered once a year, semester varies, sometimes summer:
- ASL 301 or 302 or 303
- LIN 315
- LIN 410
Offered once every two years in fall:
- LIN 211
- LIN 213
Offered once every two years in spring:
- LIN 212
- LIN 314
- LIN 421
- LIN 490
Offered every semester as independent learning options:
- LIN 395
- LIN 398
- LIN 498
Offered irregularly, depending on demand:
- LIN 405
- LIN 425
- LIN 426