A list of regularly offered courses follows. Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NSP) Natural Science in Perspective; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement.
101. Introduction to Linguistics. (H)
What is language? Is it an instinct, a behavior, an art, or a cultural artifact? Why do we talk? Why can we talk? This course examines the systematic nature of language through readings, class discussions, problem solving and group work in order to explore the core components of human language: sounds, words, sentences and meaning. Offered every Fall.
120. Sociolinguistics. (H)
An exploration of the relationship between language and society. Special attention will be paid to language variation (dialects, creoles and pidgins) and language in society (multilingualism, slang, language prejudice and gender). Readings, films, discussions and group work will prepare students for field work.
This course explores language in the mind and brain, including: How do children learn their first language(s) and why is it such a different experience for an adult to learn a language? What are language disorders? Is spoken language processed differently from written language? What about sign languages? Class will include discussions, presentations, and hands-on analysis of language data. Prerequisite: LIN 101 or PSY 100. Same as PSY 340.
- Psycholinguistics. (H)