Linguistics Website


Coordinator, Assistant Professor: NATHAN SANDERS

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. 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 introductory linguistics courses.