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Linguistics Minor

Did you know it was a team of linguists who put together the basis for Siri? Did you know forensic linguists are helping prosecutors investigate crimes? That’s the shape of the study of linguistics today. It touches almost every career field.

You can earn a linguistics minor (21 credits) at UW Oshkosh and explain the science of language. Linguistics students gain skills that prepare them for careers in:

  • Advertising
  • Government
  • Publishing
  • Film
  • Computer Technology
  • Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Medicine

Expand your horizons and job prospects with the knowledge – practical and academic – that you will receive with a Linguistics Minor.

Linguistics Minor Requirements

(21 credits)  Individual courses may be counted only once for the minor.

1. English 383 (Introduction to Linguistics) (3 credits)

2. Two of the following: English 301 (Modern Grammars), 320 (Special Topics in Linguistics: OC), 341 (History of the English Language), 384 (Sociolinguistics), 452 (Applied Linguistics) (6 credits)

3. One three-hundred level course in French, Spanish, or German or a fourth-semester course in Russian or Japanese (3 credits) (Excluding German 312 and 314, Spanish 300 and 307, French 303 and 312, and Japanese 315) (3 credits)

4. Three courses from the following list of electives: (9 credits) 

  • Anthropology 102 (Introduction to Anthropology), 274 (Language in Culture), 366 (Evolution of Human Language)
  • Communications 316 (Gender and Discourse), 318 (Intercultural Communication), 268 (Gender Communication and Relationships)
  • Computer Science 381 (Introduction to the Theory of Computing)
  • English 281 (Intro. To English Studies), 283 (Speaking Globally), 301 (Modern Grammars), 320 (Special Topics in Linguistics: OC), 341 (History of the English Language), 384 (Sociolinguistics), 452 (Applied Linguistics), 322 (Theories of Rhetoric and Writing), 385 (Computers and Writing), 386 (Rhetoric of Literature), 387 (Special Topics in Rhetoric and Composition)
  • French 303 (Phonetics), 312 (Advanced French Grammar)
  • German 312 (Advanced Grammar), 314 (German Phonetics)
  • Philosophy 202 (Symbolic Logic), 316 (Introduction to Cognitive Science), 422 (Philosophy of Language)
  • Political Science 253 (Intro to law), 304 (Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Politics), 330 (Discrimination and Legal Remedies), and 373 (Gender, Law, and Policy)
  • Psychology 271 (Cross-Cultural Psychology), 380 (Cognitive Psychology), 391 (Developmental Psychology)
  • Spanish 307 (Spanish Phonetics), 312 (Advanced Spanish Grammar I), 372 (Spanish in the U.S.)
  • Sociology 331 (Social Stratification), 359 (Minority Groups), 321 (Social Psychology), 325 (Collective Behavior and Social Movements) 



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