Academic Notes

  • A grade of C or better is necessary for all courses offered toward a minor in linguistics.
  • No courses offered toward the fulfillment of the requirements for the minor may be taken on a pass/fail basis.


For information on who to contact with questions, or to declare a minor or a major, please see the Undergraduate Linguistics advising page.

Requirements for the Minor

Five semester courses are required to complete a minor in language and linguistics:

Both of the following
  • LING 100 Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING 120 Syntactic Theory
One of the following
  • LING 110 Phonological Theory
  • LING 130 Formal Semantics: Truth, Meaning and Language
  • LING 140 Architecture of Conversation: Discourse and Pragmatics
Two Electives

These include linguistics courses not used as core courses, or others chosen from among those listed in the University Bulletin under Linguistics (under "Courses of Instruction"). 

A student may count no more than one elective course from another single department toward the fulfillment of the minor in language and linguistics. This means that both electives can be LING courses, or the two electives could involve one Philosophy course and one Anthropology course. But the two electives could not both be Philosophy courses.