Coordinator, Assistant Professor: NATHAN SANDERS
Assistant Professor: SANDERS. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow: HAUGEN.
Courses in linguistics enable students to explore language from a variety of perspectives: the internal workings of language as a system of communication, the physical means by which speech is produced, 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 provide a solid grounding in formal linguistics and complement study in several other disciplines: Anthropology, Philosophy, Computer Science, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Sociology, English, Comparative Literature, and all the foreign languages.
Some departments and programs also count courses in linguistics towards credit for their majors or concentrations. In particular, Anthropology majors can receive major credit for Linguistics 100, Asian Studies majors may take linguistics courses to fulfill their three course qualification, German majors may receive major credit for a linguistics course with the special permission of the department chair, and Cognitive Science concentrators can take Linguistics 100 and 220 as electives.
Knowledge of foreign languages is helpful but not required for introductory linguistics courses.