Minor in Linguistics: The purpose of the minor in linguistics (21 hours) is (1) to contribute to students liberal education by allowing them to investigate the nature, acquisition, and function of human language, especially its history, structure, and role in society; and (2) to prepare them for careers in which language is of central importance, including careers in education, law, communications, foreign language, translation, journalism, technical writing, psychology, anthropology, and speech pathology.
Resources for Linguistic Minors
The Linguistics Laboratory in the English Department enables faculty and students to carry out original psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, prosodic, and phonetic research. It is equipped with computers, software, and a sound-attenuated recording booth. The lab is located in Combs 219.
The Linguistics lab has several purposes. It is a computer laboratory for students in linguistics classes. Students use the lab to record and analyze the vowel sounds of their own dialect as well as those of other English speakers. Students also use the experiment-running software to carry out pilot projects in sentence processing. The lab also provides a workspace for students hired to assist faculty in their research.
Finally, the lab provides research facilities for faculty. The sound-attenuated booth allows high-quality speech recordings to be made for use in experiments on this campus as well as at other universities. It also provides a quiet space in which students can participate in linguistic experiments while other areas of the lab are in use. One laboratory computer is equipped with E-Prime, a program which allows a variety of psycholinguistic experiments to be carried out and analyzed. All of the computers are equipped with Praat, a program for the acoustic analysis of speech sounds.
Minor in English: The minor in English (24 hours) is designed for students who wish to gain a broader understanding of British and American literature, while broadening their knowledge of linguistics and advanced writing skills.
Minor in Creative Writing: The minor in creative writing (21 hours) is designed for students who wish to develop their writing skills in a variety of genres (fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction).
Minor in Literature: The minor in literature (21 hours) is designed for students who wish to develop a broader understanding of British and American literature.