Linguistics is the science of language — perhaps the most central and unique human ability. The linguistics minor at Centre is an interdisciplinary academic program that surveys a broad range of topics on human language and communication.


A perspective on world language use informed by the study of linguistics is a powerful element of an educated person’s knowledge base as a global citizen.

Linguistics will help prepare students for careers in a wide variety of fields, including international business and public affairs, computer science, counseling, psychology, speech therapy and speech pathology, marketing, journalism, translation, and teaching English as a foreign language, as well as qualifying them for the study of linguistics at the graduate level.

What Courses Will I Take?

All linguistics minors take the survey course, LIN 210 Introduction to Linguistics. They also take four more courses from a range of offerings, such as PSY 300 Cognition, ENG 215 History of the English Language, SPA 255 Hispanic Linguistics, CLA 347 Indo-European Linguistics and Poetic Traditions, SOC 390 Language Diversity in the U.S., POL 337 Political Communication, CSC 341 Principles of Programming Languages, and PHI 230 Symbolic Logic. In addition, they study two foreign languages and complete a capstone project in their senior year.


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