Linguistics - Language Engineering Concentration (B.A.)

The 51-52 credit Linguistics major with a concentration in Language Engineering is for students who love language, are analytically-inclined, detail-oriented and good at identifying patterns and would like a a career in the growing field of language and technology.   The program provides training in the technical aspects of linguistics, meeting a growing market demand for entry-level technology positions.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements39
World Languages and Cultures Requirements6-9
Major Requirements39-40
Free Electives36-32
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
Required Courses
LNGN 210Introduction to General Linguistics3
LNGN 220Structure of American English3
LNGN 230Language in Society3
or LNGN 245 Language and Culture
LNGN 300Syntax3
LNGN 301Semantics3
or LNGN 302 Pragmatics
LNGN 331Phonetics3
LNGN 332Phonology3
LNGN 445Natural Language Processing3
Language Engineering Electives
Complete 12-13 credits from the following:12-13
Language and Computers
Speech Processing
Quantitative Linguistics
Scripting Tools for Text Analysis
Linguistic Annotation
Corpus Linguistics
Discrete Mathematics
Other Electives
Complete 3 credits from one of the remaining Language Engineering electives or choose from the list below.3
Total Credits39-40

Other Electives

LNGN 110Language of Food3
LNGN 230Language in Society3
or LNGN 245 Language and Culture
LNGN 240Languages of the World3
LNGN 250Language of Propaganda3
LNGN 255Language and Gender3
LNGN 260Dialectology3
LNGN 280Bilingualism3
LNGN 284History of the English Language3
LNGN/PSYC 288Introduction to Cognitive Science3
LNGN 301Semantics3
or LNGN 302 Pragmatics
LNGN 304Principles of Discourse Analysis3
LNGN 310Morphology3
LNGN 325Principles of Second Language Learning3
LNGN 350Linguistics of American Sign Language and Other Signed Languages3
LNGN 351Gesture, Sign, and Speech: The Multi-Modality of Communication3
LNGN 370Comparative and Historical Linguistics3
LNGN 420Language and the Mind3
LNGN 430Field Methods3
LNGN 450Special Topics in Linguistics3
LNGN 478Independent Study3
LNGN 488Seminar in Cognitive Science3
PSYC 348Psycholinguistics3

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication 3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Introduction to General Linguistics (Fulfilled in the major.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits39

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
GENERAL EDUCATION (C3) Communication3LNGN 2203
GENERAL EDUCATION (D) Fine and Performing Arts3LNGN 2303
GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History3Free Elective3
LNGN 2103 
 16 15
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3GENERAL EDUCATION (H) Mathematics3
GENERAL EDUCATION (L) Interdisciplinary Studies3GENERAL EDUCATION (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3
LNGN 3003LNGN 301 or 3023
Concentration elective3Concentration elective3
World Language 13World Language 23
 15 15
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3GENERAL EDUCATION (I) Natural Science Laboratory4
LNGN 3313LNGN 3323
Concentration elective3Concentration elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 15 16
Fourth Year
LNGN 4453GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education1
Other Major Elective course3World Cultures3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 15 13
Total Credits 120