Linguistics and the Humanities

Hilaria Cruz Advisor:Hilaria Cruz ()

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.


(Minimum of 30 credit hours with a minimum of 15 credit hours at the 600 level—excluding the final project HUM 645 or HUM 655).

NOTA BENE: Students with no prior undergraduate linguistics coursework are encouraged to audit or enroll P/F in LING 325.

Required Courses

Theories and Methodologies

One of the following:

HUM 609. Interdisciplinary Theory: Arts & Humanities
Methods and theories in interdisciplinary thinking and research emphasizing: 1) the interrelationships of the disciplines; 2) the importance of synthesizing art, theatre, literature, music, philosophy, and religion in a cultural context; and 3) the critical examination of issues arising from fields outside the humanities that have significant impact on the synergy with the humanities.


HUM 610. Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion
A survey of major theories and methodologies in the academic study of religion from a historical perspective.

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

2 courses (6 credit hours) among the following:

  • 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
  • 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 such as the following: comparative humanities, art history, literature, classical and modern languages, religious studies, Jewish studies, film and media studies, history, philosophy, ancient studies, medieval-renaissance studies, early modern (seventeenth and eigteenth century) studies, or modern studies, theatre arts, psychology, Pan-African studies, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies.

Foreign Language Requirement

  • Foreign Language Basic Proficiency

Graduate Internship – Optional (3 credit hours)

  • HUM 650-03

Final Project (3 or 6 credit hours)

  • HUM 655 Directed Study (3 credit hours)


  • HUM 645 Thesis (6 credit hours over two semesters)

Sample Full-Time Course Sequence

Full-Time First-Year Schedule


  • HUM 609 Interdisciplinary Theory and Methods
  • LING 603 Syntax
  • Second Core Area – Course 1


  • LING 630 Language and Culture or LING 640 Linguistic Anthropology
  • LING 620 Morphology
  • Second Core Area – Course 2


  • Language Basic Proficiency

Full-Time Second-Year Schedule


  • LING 610 Phonetics and Phonology
  • LING 570 Language & Social Identity
  • Second Core Area – Course 3


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


  • HUM 645 (6 credits)

Spring and Summer

  • HUM 645 for Summer Defense (3 credit hours)

Total Credit Hours: 30 with DSP and 33 with Thesis