Linguistics Minor

Minor Degree Program in Linguistics

The minor in Linguistics is an interdisciplinary program awarded through the Department of Modern Languages. The minor is designed to guide students through an exact and structured discipline that examines various aspects of the nature of human language. A Linguistics minor may be of particular interest to students majoring in a Foreign Language, as well as majors in such fields as Anthropology, English, Communication, Education, Philosophy, and Sociology. The Linguistics minor is open to all undergraduate students at CU Denver.

Admission and Grade Requirements

To be admitted to minor status in Linguistics, students must have an overall GPA of C+ (2.3). The minimum grade acceptable in any course applied to a Linguistics minor is C (2.0). The average grade in all courses applied to a Linguistics minor at CU Denver must be 2.5. No courses taken on a pass/fail basis may be credited toward a Linguistics minor.

Upon declaring a minor in Linguistics, each student will be assigned to a faculty advisor with whom the student should consult at least once per semester thereafter. It is especially important that students have their transcripts reviewed by their advisor before enrolling in their final 30 credit hours at CU Denver. Failure to do so may result in delay of graduation.

Requirements for the Minor in Linguistics:

Students minoring in Linguistics must complete a minimum of 15 credits of coursework pertaining to the field of Linguistics. A minimum of 9 credit hours must be taken from CU Denver faculty. A minimum of 6 credit hours must be upper division (3000 or above). Courses taken at other institutions may be applied to the minor but only with approval of a Linguistics faculty advisor, Lizz Huntley in the Department of Modern Languages.

Required Courses (6 credits)

LING 2000 – Foundations of Linguistics (fall)

LING 3100 – Language in Society (spring)

Elective Courses (9 credits minimum):

Choose from the following courses:

ANTH 3121 Language, Culture, and Communication

CLDE 1000 Language, Power & Identity

CLDE 4030 Language Development and Acquisition

CLDE 4820 Teaching Bilingual Learners

ENGL 3160 Language Theory

ENGL 4080 History of the English Language

ENGL 4190 Special Topics (only if the topic addresses Linguistics)

ENGL 4601 Principles & Practices of Second Language Acquisition

ENGL 4651 Second Language Writing

FREN 3010 French Phonetics and Pronunciation

FREN 4600 History of the French Language

GRMN 3050 Phonetics and Pronunciation of the German Language

GRMN 4050 Advanced German Phonetics and Language History

MLNG 4690 Methods of Teaching Modern Languages (or cross-listed equivalent in CHIN, FREN, GRMN, SPAN)

MLNG 4691 Methods of Teaching Modern Languages II

PHIL 2441 Logic, Language and Scientific Reasoning

SPAN 3060 Spanish Phonetics: Theory and Practice

SPAN 3270 Bilingual Communities: Spanish as a Language of Contact

SPAN 4010 History of the Spanish Language

SPAN 4020 Spanish Sociolinguistics

SPAN 4030 The Learning and Teaching of Heritage Speakers

SPAN 4040 Spanish Classroom Methods and Practice

SPAN 4060 Dialects of the Spanish Speaking World

SPAN 4070 Spanish Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition

SPAN 4076 Spanish in Colorado

SPAN 4080 Spanish in the United States

SPAN 4099 Special Topics in Spanish Linguistics

  •  Any additional courses with a LING prefix may be accepted toward the minor in Linguistics.
  • Other courses not listed here may also be considered toward the completion of the Linguistics minor, with evidence of a heavy linguistic emphasis. Please consult with a faculty advisor for approval.


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