Jun 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Linguistics Minor

Coordinator: Jennifer Lang-Rigal
Phone: 540-568-6886

The interdisciplinary minor in linguistics offers courses founded on the core concepts of linguistics, methods of linguistic analysis, modern linguistic theories and the application of linguistics to other areas. The program is drawn from a variety of departments and colleges offering diverse courses whose approaches to linguistics range from theoretical linguistics, to anthropological linguistics, to Spanish linguistics and speech pathology. The purpose of this program is to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of human language and the different ways language impacts our lives. This program is relevant for students interested in a variety of professions, including but not limited to: language teaching, interpretation, translation, speech-language pathology and audiology, language policy and planning, language documentation and revitalization, and computer sciences/natural language processing. Students will develop their knowledge of their native and second languages through metalinguistic inquiry, consequently enriching their ability to engage more broadly with the forms and functions of linguistic communication. The linguistics minor will encourage students to appreciate linguistic diversity, think about language-focused discrimination and recognize the importance of language in efforts to encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Choose from the following courses:

Students must earn 18 credits from the following list. A maximum of 9 credits hours from a single discipline (e.g., ENG or SPAN) may be earned. One three-credit foreign language course of any level may be counted toward the minor by approval of the minor coordinator. These credits cannot also be counted toward the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Modern Foreign Languages . One other appropriate course not listed below may be considered for the minor upon consultation with the minor coordinator.


1 SPAN courses are taught in Spanish and have a prerequisite of SPAN 300  or equivalent in a placement test.

Total: 18 Credit Hours