Welcome to the Department of Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics is home to a diverse community with a common interest in language,  one of the most crucial and fundamental traits that make us human.

Here you will find courses in linguistics (general linguistics and applied linguistics) as well as courses in modern languages. Our undergraduate programs in Linguistics offer a Minor in Linguistics and a BS degree in Computer Science and Linguistics in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering. In modern languages, students can complete a two-years program and pursue advanced skills in Chinese, Korean, Japanese –three of the world’s most widely spoken languages with deep and rich cultural traditions. Our award-wining faculty are committed to student-centered pedagogy and we pursue linguistic research situated in real-world questions and applications. Through teaching and innovation, we facilitate students in pursuing a wide spectrum of opportunities for living enriched lives professionally and personally.

We are part of the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics

Spring 2021 Classes

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Thank you!
Spring 2021 classes will continue to be taught online in a mixture of live web meetings and self-paced learning following the campus' guidelines. We are dedicated to bringing our students the best online learning experience. Thank you for supporting each other and working very hard to navigate the challenges of the COVID Pandemic.
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LING 150: Introduction to the Study of Language. LING 160: Language and Society. LING 220 (NEW): Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology. LING 260: Bilingualism, Language Contact and Language Acquisition
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Chinese 102 (4 credits). Three sections: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:00PM to 1:50 PM || 2:00PM to 2:50 PM || 3:00 PM to 3:50 PM. • Chinese 104 (4 credits) (Last semester of the Language Requirement; Required for the Chinese minor). Two sections: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00AM to 9:50AM || 10:00AM to 10:50 PM. • Chinese 209 (3 credits), Advanced Chinese Language and Culture. Prerequisite is Grade C or better in CHIN104 or equivalent, required for Chinese minor. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 Noon to 12:50 PM. CHIN300: Special Topics in Advanced Chinese Skills (this semester's topic: Chinese myths and fables). Monday, Wednesday, Friday, from 1PM to 1:50PM (selective for the Chinese minor; prerequisite is CHIN 200 or 209 or concurrent enrollments in one of these 200-level classes or approval by instructor)
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Japanese 102 (4 credits). Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Two sections: 2:00PM to 2:50 PM || 3:00PM to 3:50 PM. • Japanese 104 (4 credits). Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Two sections: 11:00AM to 11:50 AM || 12:00AM to 12:50 AM.
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Korean 102 (4 credits). Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:00AM to 9:50 AM. • Korean 104 (4 credits). Prerequisite: Korean 102 for equivalent. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10:00AM to 10:50AM.