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Trinity's interdisciplinary linguistics minor provides students an opportunity to study the principles involved in the most basic and universal of human symbol systems. The minor equips students with the ability to understand the phenomenal process that we, as children, use in order to acquire our native linguistic abilities.

Classical and modern languages share with the disciplines of anthropology, computer science, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and speech pathology. Courses in the program examine the nature of language, how it is acquired, how it is used, and how it changes across time and space through these many disciplinary perspectives.

Students in the program have the opportunity to study abroad as well as to participate in the many sponsored student organizations on campus.

Courses

The linguistics minor requires 18 semester hours and 4 semesters of a language other than English. Students take 9 hours from the primary curriculum, 3 from the core and 3 each from any other two areas, and 9 additional hours from the primary or supporting curriculum.

Primary Curriculum

Core

LING 1300 Introduction to Linguistics
LING 1310 Applied Linguistics (also listed as ENGL 1310 and HCOM 1310)

Phonology and Phonetics 

SPAN 3303 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

Acquisition 

PSYC 2330 Fundamentals of Cognition

Syntax 

FREN 3301 Advanced Grammar
GERM 3301 Advanced German I
LATN 3301 Latin Prose Composition
MATH 3326 Introduction to Abstract Mathematics
RUSS 3301 Advanced Russian I
RUSS 3302 Advanced Russian II
SPAN 3301 Advanced Grammar

Semantics

PHIL 3333 Philosophy of Language

Supporting Curriculum

Classical Studies

CLAS 3371 Introduction to Romance Linguistics (also listed as FREN 3371, ITAL 3371, LING 3371, and SPAN 3371)
GREEK 3302 Attic Prose
GREEK 3304 Greek Historians
LATIN 3303 Latin Prose to 43 B.C.
LATIN 3305 Latin Prose from 43 B.C.

Communication

COMM 3322 International Communication (also listed as HCOM 3374)

Computer Science

CSCI 3320 Principles of Theoretical Computer Science
CSCI 3368 Principles of Programming Languages
CSCI 3-94 Seminar: Provability

English

ENGL 3335 Rhetorical Analysis (also listed as HCOM 3352)
ENGL 3346 History of the English Language
ENGL 3355 Introduction to Old and Middle English Philology

French

FREN 3371 Introduction to Romance Linguistics (also listed as CLAS 3371, ITAL 3371, LING 3371, and SPAN 3371)

Human Communication

HCOM 3352 Rhetorical Analysis (also listed as ENGL 3355
HCOM 3372 Intercultural Communication (also listed as ANTH 3332
HCOM 3374 International Communication (also listed as COMM 3322)

Italian

ITAL 3371 Introduction to Romance Linguistics (also listed as CLAS 3371, FREN 3371, and SPAN 3371

Linguistics

LING 3-90 Directed Studies - Junior Level
LING 4-90 Directed Studies - Senior Level

Philosophy

PHIL 2340 Symbolic Logic I
PHIL 3331 Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 3333 Philosophy of Language
PHIL 3340 Symbolic Logic

Psychology

PSYC 3331 Memory and Cognition
PSYC 3321 Cognitive Development

Sociology and Anthropology

ANTH 3330 Sociolinguistics (also listed SOCI 3330
ANTH 3331 Language, Culture, and Society (also listed as SOCI 3331)
SOCI 3330 Sociolinguistics (also listed as ANTH 3330)
ANTH 3332 Intercultural Communication (also listed as HCOM 3372)

Spanish

SPAN 3371 Introduction to Romance Linguistics (also listed as CLAS 3371, FREN 3371, ITAL 3371, and LING 3371

Departmental topics courses, readings courses, and seminars on linguistic topics are acceptable as approved by the Linguistics Committee chair.

Faculty

  • Jane B. Childers, Ph.D., associate professor, psychology, chair
  • Rocio Delgado, Ph.D., assistant professor, education
  • Andrew C. Hansen, Ph.D., associate professor, human communication and theatre
  • Mark C. Lewis, Ph.D., associate professor, computer science
  • Michael T. Ward, Ph.D., associate professor, modern languages and literatures
Minor Description: 

Trinity's linguistics minor provides students an opportunity to study the principles involved in the most basic and universal of human symbol systems. The minor equips students with the ability to understand the phenomenal process that we use in order to acquire our native linguistic abilities. The minor requires 4 semesters of a language other than English, plus 18 additional hours, 9 of which must be upper division.