Minor in Linguistics

About the Minor

Linguistics, the study of language, is central to human communication. Linguists study language form, meaning and context, especially by observing and analyzing human communication in its many spoken and written varieties. A knowledge of linguistics is the basis for studies in language diversity and communicative competence, the psychology of language, educational aspects of language that affect learners and classrooms, the formal logic and languages of philosophy and computer science, and the biological science of speech pathology. As a minor at Drexel, linguistics helps you develop both a desirable set of skills in communicating with diverse speakers on co-op and an academic profile that will set you apart from other applicants for work, study, scholarship opportunities, and graduate study.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
LING 101Introduction to Linguistics3.0
LING 102Language and Society3.0
Elective Courses (Must equal a minimum of 18 credits)18.0
Students can use up to 8 credits of Modern Language Courses (ARBC, CHIN, FREN, GER, HBRW, ITAL, JAP, KOR, SPAN) to fulfill electives.
Politics of Hip Hop
Language, Culture & Cognition
Multicultural Counseling
English Worldwide
Intercultural Communication
Ethnography of Communication
Senior Project in Communication I *
Senior Project in Communication II *
Independent Study in COM
Computer Programming I
Computer Programming II
Diversity and Today's Teacher
Early Literacy I
Language Arts Processes
Language Arts Processes 4-8
Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners
Introduction to Cultural Diversity
Becoming Global: Language and Cultural Context
Language and Cultural Diversity in the USA
Special Topics in Languages *
Symbolic Logic I
Symbolic Logic II
Contemporary Philosophy
Cognitive Psychology
Psychology of Language
Language Puzzles and Word Games: Issues in Modern Grammar
Argument and Rhetoric
Total Credits24.0

Advisor permission needed, depending on topic.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Additional Information

All prospective students should meet with an advisor as soon as possible:

Florette Press
Academic Advisor

Rachel Reynolds
Program Director

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