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About the Department
The Department of Linguistics is a small department that offers close interaction
with faculty. Almost all of our courses have small enrollments. As linguists, we put
language under the microscope in order to provide insight into various aspects of
this uniquely human ability. We offer courses that examine language and languages
from diverse angles including their sounds (phonetics and phonology), their ways of
forming words (morphology), their sentence structures (syntax), their systems of expressing
meaning (semantics), how they are acquired by children and adults, and language variation
in different social and cultural contexts.
Consequently, linguistics is closely connected to many other fields, such as philosophy,
psychology, biology, and English. Linguistics courses are a great way for majors in
other departments to broaden their academic experience.
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Areas of Linguistics
There are several areas of linguistics. Our faculty specialize in the following areas:
- Historical linguistics
- Second language acquisition
- Second language pedagogy
Undergraduate Program Information
The department offers a Linguistics Major and Minor, and a Teaching English to Speakers
of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate. The department offers a strong humanistic
and scientific education in the nature of language. Students study the structural
and more abstract properties of a variety of languages, including the sounds of languages
and meaning. They also explore how languages can vary, how they are used in different
contexts, and how they are acquired. Students learn to apply the results of their
studies to real-world issues, and they achieve a greater understanding of the human
mind. In the TESOL certificate courses, students take what they learn from language
analysis and apply it to the domain of teaching and learning languages. With a strong
theoretical and practical basis, students are prepared to be effective teachers.
Graduate Program Information
The Department of Linguistics offers an MA and a PhD in Linguistics. Both degrees
provide students with a broad foundation in the field of Linguistics via coursework
and colloquia, and provide for specialist training in one or more subfields of Linguistics
via opportunities to conduct individual and collaborative research.