Linguistics Major

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Students will know what the field of linguistics is and understand how language works.

Objective 1.1: Identify the main areas of linguistic analysis by providing relevant examples and explaining how linguistic analysis is used to describe how language works. 

Goal 2: Students will know how to perform linguistic research.

Objective 2.1: Conduct original linguistic research according to standards within the field.

Goal 3: Students will discuss linguistic topics and apply what they learn to real-life settings.

Objective 3.1: Communicate effectively in oral presentations and discussions on linguistic-related topics.

Objective 3.2: Analyze linguistic issues or problems (qualitatively or quantitatively) in real-life settings and formulate creative responses.

Goal 4: Students will be aware of and appreciate language differences that exist among speakers of the same or different languages in light of their own language background.

Objective 4.1: Identify particular aspects of linguistic beauty and creativity in their various forms (i.e., sounds, instances of lexical variation, acquisition stages, morphological irregularities, etc.).

Objective 4.2: Identify their own language beliefs and values as well as those of others and respectfully discuss linguistic differences that characterize speakers from various linguistic backgrounds.

The Linguistics Program, housed within the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, offers two majors and two minors.

The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive, and
  3. Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses. Six courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses

Major Requirements

Course requirements for the Linguistics Major include a general introduction to the field and at least one course in several of the main areas of linguistics (applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, phonetics, and pragmatics). Specific course requirements and options are listed below. Course requirements for the Linguistics Major-TESOL concentration include a general introduction to the field of linguistics, an English grammar course, a course on language acquisition, a language teaching methods course, phonetics, and a required internship in English language teaching. 

Below are the requirements for each of these specializations. Please note that students may also choose to combine a major in Linguistics with a minor in TESOL (a total of at least 13 courses1) or to complete a double minor in both Linguistics and TESOL (a total of at least 9 courses1).  (Please contact Dr. Jennifer Ewald, jewald@sju.edu, for more information.)

Linguistics Major

10 courses

LIN 200Introduction to Linguistics3
Select one of the following Pragmatics options:3
Language and the Law
Social Media Discourse
Communication in Soc Contexts
Select one of the following Applied Linguistics options;
Lang. Acquisition & Learning (Applied Linguistics options)
Teaching Lang at Home/Abroad
Select one of the following Sociolinguistics options:3
Sociolinguistics
Psycholinguistics
Bilingualism & Lang Diversity
Sociolinguistics
Select one of the following Phonetics options:3
Phonetics
Spanish Dialectology
Spanish Phonetics & Phonology
Select any five additional courses from the following:15
Any LIN course
History of the Eng Language
Logic
Symbolic Logic
Language and Thought
Language and Meaning
Language and the Law
Translation 1
Intro to Spanish Linguistics 1
A Ling Approach to Oral Com 1
Methods for Teaching Spanish 1
Spanish Dialectology 1
Lang Contact & Pol in U.S. 1
Spanish Phonetics & Phonology 1
Topics in Spanish Linguistics 1
Select any three of the following ILC's in consultation with the LIN Major advisor:
Develop, Cognition, & Learning
Literacy, Language and Culture
Public Speaking & Presentation
Statistics & Research Methods
Intro:Autism Spectrum Disorder
Advanced Latin Grammar
Lifespan Development
Sensation and Perception 2
Neuropsychology 2
Advanced Spanish Grammar
MCL 101-MCL 302 3

Linguistics Major-TESOL Concentration

10 courses

LIN 200Introduction to Linguistics3
LIN 201English Grammar3
LIN 280Lang. Acquisition & Learning3
LIN 301Teaching Lang at Home/Abroad3
LIN 320Phonetics3
LIN 490TESOL Internship3
Select four of the following:12
Any LIN course
Literacy, Language and Culture
Tutor Prac, Writ Cntr Thry Pr
History of the Eng Language
Logic
Symbolic Logic
Language and Thought
Language and Meaning
Language and the Law
Sociolinguistics
Translation 1
Intro to Spanish Linguistics 1
A Ling Approach to Oral Com 1
Methods for Teaching Spanish 1
Spanish Dialectology 1
Lang Contact & Pol in U.S. 1
Spanish Phonetics & Phonology 1
Topics in Spanish Linguistics 1
Select any three of the following ILC's:
MCL 101-MCL 302 2
Develop, Cognition, & Learning
Public Speaking & Presentation
Historical Intro to Latin Am
Historical Intro to East Asia
Historical Intro to South Asia
Historical Intro to Mod.Africa
Advanced Latin Grammar
Intro to Comparative Politics
Introduction to Global Politcs
Advanced Spanish Grammar
Other MCL linguistics courses as approved by advisor