Undergraduate Major Program in Linguistics:
The undergraduate track in linguistics provides students with an education in the formal analysis of the structure of language within the broader context of human communication supplied by the departmental core. In addition to the central skills of syntactic, phonological, and pragmatic analysis, students gain an understanding of the major issues and results in experimental phonetics and language acquisition. Through selection of appropriate departmental and extradepartmental electives, students may also include study in philosophy of language, language disorder, logic, semantics, language history, linguistic anthropology, and the psychology of language. The curriculum is completed with a one-semester course in fieldwork in which students must apply their knowledge of linguistics in a project concerning the structure or use of language. Completion of the linguistics track is an appropriate preparation for graduate study in linguistics, psycholinguistics, and the teaching of English as a second language.