New major!

We're excited to introduce the new BS in Computer Science and Linguistics! Beginning Fall 2020.

Welcome to the Department of Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics is home to a diverse community who come together for a shared interest in human language, the most crucial and fundamental trait that makes us human.

Here you will find courses in linguistics (general linguistics and applied linguistics) as as well modern languages. We teach Korean, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese – 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 with innovations, we are committed to helping students gain access to a wide spectrum of opportunities to live an enriched life professionally and personally.

Learn more about our programs in Linguistics, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

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


Fall 2020 Classes

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Stay Safe!
Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, all classes in Fall 2020 will be taught online with a mixture of live web meetings and self-paced learning. Our faculty are dedicated to bringing you the best online learning experience. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to meeting you albeit virtually!
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LING 150 (3 credits): Introduction to the Study of Language. Tuesday and Thursday. Two sections: 8:00AM to 9:15 AM || 9:30 AM to 10:45AM. This class introduces you to core areas in linguistics and offers hands-on basic linguistic analysis. A required course for the Linguistics Minor. Approved for Gen Ed credits for "Individual and Society".
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Chinese 101 (4 credits) for beginners and based on placement. 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 103 (4 credits). Prerequisite: CHIN102 or equivalent. Two sections: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00AM to 9:50AM || 10:00AM to 10:50 PM. • Chinese 200 (3 credits), Advanced Communication in Chinese. Prerequisite is Grade C or better in CHIN104. Focusing on Mandarin Chinese at the high intermediate to advanced level. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 Noon to 12:50 PM.
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Japanese 101 (4 credits). Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Two sections: 2:00PM to 2:50 PM || 3:00PM to 3:50 PM. • Japanese 103 (4 credits). Prerequisite: Japanese 102. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Two sections: 10:00AM to 10:50 AM || 11:00AM to 11:50 AM. • Japanese 210 (3 credits). Advanced Japanese Language and Culture. Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 PM to 1:45PM. Expansion of communication skills, especially speaking, through an exploration of contemporary Japanese culture. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): JPN 104 or equivalent.
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Korean 101 (4 credits). Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:00AM to 9:50 AM. • Korean 103 (4 credits). Prerequisite: Korean 102 for equivalent. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 1:00PM to 1:50 PM. • Korean 130: Understanding Korean History, Culture and Society through Contemporary Korean Films. Tuesday and Thursday 11:00noon-12:15PM. This class is the same as MOVI 130. Taught in English.