Investigate the structure, acquisition and social functions of human language with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's interdisciplinary linguistics minor or certificate. Rooted in experiential learning and research, the multidisciplinary program allows for true exploration and discovery. Alongside researchers and experts in fields like humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, you'll help answer questions relating to the nature of human language, where it came from and how it is acquired.
The goal of the program is to enhance students’ abilities to reason about language by providing opportunities to analyze the sounds, words, sentences and/or meanings of natural language; to describe variation and change in natural language; and to form and test hypotheses about language by collecting, organizing and analyzing linguistic data. Courses cover a variety of perspectives, including language, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, sociology, computer science and neuroscience. By drawing on the theories and methodologies of these many disciplines, you'll gain critical skills and insights that will benefit you on both a professional and personal level.
Popular majors paired with the interdisciplinary linguistics minor or certificate include those focused on teaching, language, computer science, philosophy, psychology and history.
Personalized education. The majority of the interdisciplinary linguistics program is made up of course electives, giving you the ability to personalize your education. You may choose to take a holistic approach or specialize in a specific language(s) with courses in English, French, German, Spanish and American Sign Language. This flexibility allows you to take classes that interest you and fuel your career goals.
Mentoring from diverse faculty. Within the interdisciplinary linguistics program, you'll learn from supportive faculty members from a variety of departments and backgrounds. Our professors have a wealth of knowledge and expertise and will use it to inspire and motivate you. Here, you won't just be a number. Faculty will know you by name and go out of their way to help you find your niche.
What classes do interdisciplinary linguistics minors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- English Linguistics
- Phonetics and phonology (the study of sounds and the sound system of language)
- Internet English
- American dialects
- Language in culture and society
- Second language acquisition
Learn more about the interdisciplinary linguistics minor in the UWEC course catalog.
Learn more about the interdisciplinary linguistics certificate in the UWEC course catalog.
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