Linguistics (B.A.)

Linguistics is devoted to the scientific study of language structure and use. The Linguistics Program at Wayne State offers an interdisciplinary approach to this field, permitting students to explore a wide range of topics and issues in language research. Training in linguistics prepares students for advanced work in linguistic research, as well as for employment in teaching English and foreign languages; computer systems (especially natural language processing); broadcasting, mass media and journalism; publishing and editing; translation; international business; intercultural communication and negotiation; law; and generally any profession requiring the precise use or analysis of speech or writing.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.

 

Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major  requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees. Course selections are to be planned in consultation with the linguistics program advisor. Students must complete a minimum of thirty credits in course work to satisfy the major requirements as outlined below.

Required Courses

The linguistics major requirements consist of:

  1. three required general courses;
  2. one required language use course involving either the analysis of speech data acquired in fieldwork or theories that address language use; and
  3. a set of electives.

Also, in the senior year, majors must register for and complete LIN 5993, Writing Intensive Requirement (0 credits). This course is to be taken in conjunction with another course, as explained under Linguistics Courses. In the final semester of study, assessment of knowledge in the major is determined by review of a student portfolio and by an exit interview conducted by members of the faculty. Both the portfolio and the interview must be deemed acceptable before the Program will certify completion of all major requirements.

Required General Linguistics Courses
LIN 2720(PL) Basic Concepts in Linguistics3
or LIN 5700 Introduction to Linguistic Theory
LIN 5290Phonology3
LIN 5300Syntax3
Required Language Use Course
Select one of the following:3
Language and Culture
Arabic Sociolinguistics
Language and Societies
American Dialects
Sociolinguistics
Culture, Language and Cognition
Psycholinguistics
Topics in Language (Field Methods) 1
Topics in Language (Pidgins and Creoles) 1
Topics in Language (Pragmatics) 1
Topics in Language (Language Variation) 1
Elective Courses
Select 18 credits from the categories listed below, in consultation with advisor18
Total Credits30

Elective Option Areas

A. Linguistics and a Language

The student may complete up to nine credits in advanced language skills or in the linguistics of a chosen language, as part of their electives. Courses must be selected in consultation with the advisor.

B. Language Structure

LIN 1850Introductory Symbolic Logic3
or LIN 1860 Honors Symbolic Logic
LIN 2730(FC) Languages of the World3
LIN 3080Cognitive Psychology: Fundamental Processes3
LIN 5050Advanced Symbolic Logic4
LIN 5200Modal Logic4
LIN 5220Introduction to Chinese Linguistics3
LIN 5230Structure of Arabic3
LIN 5240Grammar of Chinese3
LIN 5570Philosophy of Language4
LIN 5715Morphology3
LIN 5730English Grammar3
LIN 5745Semantics3
LIN 6710Psycholinguistics3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Field Methods) 13
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Typology) 13
FRE 6400Introduction to French Linguistics3
SPA 6400Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3

C. Language Variation and Change

LIN 2730(FC) Languages of the World3
LIN 3310Language and Culture3
LIN 5100Languages of Asia3
LIN 5220Introduction to Chinese Linguistics3
LIN 5320Language and Societies3
LIN 5715Morphology3
LIN 5760American Dialects3
LIN 5770Sociolinguistics3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Historical Linguistics) 13
LIN 6720Topics in Language (History of English) 13
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Typology) 13
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Language Variation) 13
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Field Methods) 13
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Pidgins and Creoles) 13
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Language and Evolution) 13
CLA 1230Word Origins: English Words from Greek and Latin3-4
ITA 6400Languages of Italy3

D. Language Acquisition and Processing

LIN 3080Cognitive Psychology: Fundamental Processes3
LIN 3310Language and Culture3
LIN 5080Phonetics3
LIN 5360Normal Language Acquisition and Usage3
LIN 5750Theories of Second Language Acquisition3
LIN 5760American Dialects3
LIN 5900Culture, Language and Cognition3
LIN 6710Psycholinguistics3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Language and Evolution)3
FRE 5200French Phonetics and Pronunciation3
PSY 3010Statistical Methods in Psychology4
PSY 3120Brain and Behavior3
SLP 5300Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology3

E. Sociolinguistics and Discourse/Pragmatics

LIN 2730(FC) Languages of the World3
LIN 3310Language and Culture3
LIN 5210Arabic Sociolinguistics3
LIN 5320Language and Societies3
LIN 5760American Dialects3
LIN 5770Sociolinguistics3
LIN 5900Culture, Language and Cognition3
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Pragmatics) 13
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Language Variation) 13
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Language and Gender) 13
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Historical Linguistics) 13
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Pidgins and Creoles) 13
LIN 6720Topics in Language (Language and Evolution) 13
ANT 5210Anthropological Methods4
PSY 3010Statistical Methods in Psychology4
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A maximum 12 credits may be earned in LIN 6720 predicated on topic selection.

Linguistics Honors Program

Students with an overall grade point average of 3.5 are eligible for admission to the Linguistics Honors Program. Satisfactory completion of the Honors Program will lead to a degree 'With Linguistics Honors' on the diploma. Students interested in the program should obtain detailed information from the Linguistics Program Undergraduate Advising Office.

Program Requirements: Students must complete one 5000-level or above Honors Option course as part of the major requirements, the Linguistics Honors Thesis (LIN 5993-H with approved LIN Writing Intensive course), one Honors Seminar from the HON 42XX series, and three additional Honors credits through any department to thereby complete the minimum twelve required Honors credits.

'AGRADE’ Program (Accelerated Graduate Enrollment)

The Linguistics Program invites academically superior majors to apply for admission to the ‘AGRADE’ Program. ‘AGRADE’ procedures enable qualified seniors to enroll simultaneously in the undergraduate and graduate programs in Linguistics and to apply a maximum of sixteen credits toward both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. 

Qualified students may apply for the AGRADE program no earlier than the semester in which ninety credits are completed. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.5 and not less than a 3.6 grade point average in the major courses already completed.

For more details about the ‘AGRADE’ Program, contact the Linguistics Program office: 313-577-8642; or by e-mail at: linguistics@wayne.edu