Extend the value of your degree with a minor in Applied Linguistics

Applied Linguistics has strong connections to many fields - social sciences, English, international studies, social work, language study, computer science, speech and hearing, and more. Leveraging those connections, a minor in Applied Linguistics will expand your horizons and employment options. 

Applied Linguistics is the study of language as a cognitive, social, and cultural entity, with the goal of solving real-world problems. It has ties to many other disciplines that relate to language development and use. 

The minor must include:

  •  28 credits of required courses (7 courses)
  •  8 credits of language or language structure (2 courses)

Advising and grading requirements: By the end of the first quarter of the program, students must consult with the linguistics faculty adviser to plan appropriate electives. All courses used to satisfy the department major or minor requirements must be graded C or above. Courses taken for a "pass" grade during the Covid pandemic are acceptable for fulfilling department minor requirements. Twelve of the 28 credits must be completed at PSU.

Required courses (28 credits)

Course Description

1) LING 390 Introduction to Linguistics (4 credits). Start here. LING 390 is a prerequisite for many other courses. A general introduction to the study of linguistics and the tools for conducting linguistic analysis. This course includes a basic survey of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, and a brief overview of other topics such as language in social contexts. This course is a prerequisite for many 400 level-courses in the department.
2) LING 392 Structure of the English Language (4 credits) A study of basic English grammar with an emphasis on describing grammatical forms and their functions in communication. 
3) LING 490 History of English or another LING analysis course (4 credits) LING 490: A survey of the linguistic changes in English from Old English to modern English. This course covers the development and changes of English phonology, morphology, vocabulary, and syntax, focusing on the analysis of language data from each time period. Prerequisite: LING 390. Recommended: LING 392, LING 391
4) Four upper division LING electives