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The Linguistics Minor
For Students in the College of Arts and Sciences
In order to declare a Linguistics minor, you must have at least sophomore standing (45 credits completed) and a declared major. There are no other admissions requirements to the Linguistics minor, although it is strongly recommended that you have taken or be enrolled in an introductory class in linguistics.

A Linguistics minor may be of particular interest to students majoring in a foreign language, as well as majors in such fields as speech and hearing sciences, English, communication, psychology, computer science, and anthropology.

Requirements for the Linguistics minor:
  • Introductory course in linguistics. (5 credits)
  • Core courses (15 credits):
    • Three of:
      • Introduction to Linguistic Phonetics (LING 450)
      • Syntax I (LING 461)
      • Phonology I (LING 451)
      • Syntax II (LING 462)
      • Sociolinguistics I (LING 432)
      • Semantics I (LING 442)
      • Introduction to Morphology (LING 481)
    • (5 credits each)
It is highly recommended that two of the three courses be Introduction to Linguistic Phonetics (LING 450) and Syntax I (LING 461).
  • Elective courses (12 credits):
    • Additional credits in linguistics or related fields. Six of the twelve credits must be upper division. For details, see the Elective Requirement section on the Linguistics major page.
  • Total credits: 32
For Students in the College of Education
A secondary minor in Linguistics has also been approved by the College of Education for a Washington State teaching endorsement in a foreign language. A secondary minor is one open to both secondary and elementary level candidates. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for Arts and Sciences minors in Linguistics, you must also complete:

  • 15 credits of coursework at the 300 level (or higher) in a particular language (with at least a 2.0 grade in each course), as well as at least 5 credits in the history or culture of the speakers of that language;
  • One course in pedagogical methods for that language (completed with a 2.0 grade or better);
  • (For some languages) A proficiency examination in the language. Some language departments require a proficiency exam for a teaching endorsement for a minor in that language (sometimes in place of the 15 credits at the 300 level). With respect to the proficiency exam, a Linguistics minor is subject to the same requirements that a minor in a particular language is subject to.

For more information, inquire at the College of Education:

Teacher Education Program
211 Miller Hall
Box 353600
543-1820

or at the department which offers the language. The Linguistics undergraduate adviser can sign student applications for the Teacher Education program (under the minor department).


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