Language is complex and endlessly fascinating.
If you agree, UMW’s minor program in linguistics might be for you. At a crossroads of the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences, linguistics complements any major that deals with language, literature, cognition, sociology, or education. Get to the heart of the structure, use, and psychology of language. Study language acquisition. Learn how to describe the sounds languages use. Discover the similarities and differences among the world’s various tongues.
Areas of Study
Courses offered in UMW’s minor program in linguistics include Introduction to Linguistics, Writing Systems of the World, Issues in Linguistics, Introduction to Sociolinguistics and Anthropological Linguistics, Language and Gender, Language and Race, Introduction to Phonology, History of the English Language, Introduction to Morphology, and seminars on different topics.
Those who have studied linguistics at UMW have gone on to graduate programs in such fields as English as a second language, speech/language pathology, audiology, and computer science at prestigious schools including Brown University, the University of Virginia, and Georgetown University. Career options include teaching English in another country, serving as a translator, and working in journalism, library science, and editing.
Students in UMW’s Department of English and Linguistics (ELC) have interned with newspapers, radio and television stations, public relations departments of businesses and institutions, membership departments, law firms, technical writing businesses, libraries, and schools. A list of guidelines for completing a for-credit ELC internship is provided by the department, and a complete list of available internships can be found through the Office of Academic and Career Services.
Students with at least a 3.7 GPA in the major may qualify for Honors in the Department of English and Linguistics. The Honors distinction requires an “A” paper or project from an ELC seminar or individual study, with approval of the faculty member who supervised the paper or project. Specific guidelines and deadlines can be found through the ELC Department.
UMW’s linguistics minor program requires 18 credits, including Introduction to Linguistics, a 400-level seminar in linguistics, and four courses from any linguistics offerings in the Department of English and Linguistics. Electives may include an internship or an individual study.