Linguistics Website



Courses in linguistics enable students to explore language from a variety of perspectives: the internal workings of language as a system of communication, the role of language in society, the history of language groups and specific languages, and the applicability of scientific knowledge about language to various human endeavors.

Linguistics offers neither a major nor a concentration, but its courses complement study in several other disciplines: Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, English, Comparative Literature and all the foreign languages. Anthropology majors can receive major credit for Linguistics 101. Majors in German Studies may receive major credit for a linguistics course with the special permission of the department chair.

Knowledge of foreign languages is helpful but not required for Linguistics 101.