Linguistics and The Humanities

Advisor: Karl Swineheart ()

Students in this track combine in a unique way the study of the interdisciplinary humanities with a specialized concentration in linguistics. Students take three core courses and then a minimum of two additional 600-level linguistics courses. In addition to our Humanities faculty, students are able to study with linguists in the adjacent departments of Classical and Modern Languages, English, Philosophy, and Psychology. 

Required Courses

Theories and Methodologies

HUM 609: Interdisciplinary Theory and Methods: Arts & Humanities

Or

HUM 610: Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion

Concentration Courses

Linguistics Core Area (15 credit hours)

Core Sequence: (Required*)

  • LING 603 Syntax
  • LING 610 Phonetics and Phonology
  • LING 630 Language and Culture / LING 640 Linguistic Anthropology
    • Sociocultural Focus:
      • LING/ENGL 520 World Englishes
      • LING/ENGL 523 History of the English Language
      • LING/ENGL 570 Language & Social Identity (topics may include “Language, Gender, & Sexuality,” “Languages of African Diaspora”)
  • LING 621 Sociolinguistics
    • Structural Focus:
      • LING/ENGL 522 Structure of Modern American English
      • LING 606 Historical and Comparative Linguistics
      • LING 620 Morphology
      • LING 624 Language and Cognition / LING 524 Psycholinguistics
      • LING 641 Recent Philosophy of Language
    • Other graduate-level Linguistics courses:
      • LING 600 Independent Study (under direction of Linguistics affiliated faculty)
      • LING 620 Special Topics (G)
      • LING 690 Seminar in Linguistics

    Second Core Area (9 credit hours)

    A second humanities area among the following: Comparative humanities; art history, literature, classical and modern languages, religious studies, Jewish studies, film, history, philosophy, ancient studies, medieval-renaissance studies, early modern (17th and 18th century) studies, or modern studies, theatre arts, psychology, women’s gender and sexuality studies.

    Graduate Internship (Optional: 3 credit hours)

    • HUM 650-03

    Foreign Language Requirement

    • Foreign Language Basic Proficiency

    Final Project (3 or 6 credit hours)

    HUM 655 Directed Study (3 credit hours)

    or

    HUM 645 Thesis (6 credit hours)* [undergoing Curriculum Committee approval]

    Sample Full-Time Course Sequence

    Full-Time First-Year Schedule

    Fall

    • HUM 609: Interdisciplinary Theory and Methods
    • LING 603 Syntax
    • LING 610 Phonetics and Phonology

    Spring

    • LING 630 Language and Culture or LING 640 Linguistic Anthropology
    • LING/ENGL 570 Language & Social Identity 
    • LING 524 Psycholinguistics

    Summer

    • Language Basic Proficiency

    Full-Time Second Year Schedule

    Fall

    • Second Core Area – Course 1
    • Second Core Area – Course 2
    • Second Core Area – Course 3

    Spring

    • HUM 653-01 – Graduate Internship (optional)
    • HUM 655 (DSP option) - Defense

    Or

    • HUM 645 (6 credits)

    Spring and Summer

    • HUM 645 for Summer Defense

    Total Credit Hours: 30 with DSP and 33 with Thesis