Discover the wonder of human language and how it develops by studying linguistics
Language is at the heart of what it means to be human. Studying linguistics gives
you crucial insights into how words are formed, how people learn languages and how
languages are alike and different.
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Why add a minor in linguistics at UND?
Linguistics is the scientific study of language — the study of how languages are built,
how people use them and how they differ from one another.
The minor in Linguistics at UND gives you valuable insights into the structure and
meaning of language across human societies. It provides a strong foundation for graduate
study in linguistics or related fields, and prepares you to make informed decisions
about language-related issues in daily life.
The minor includes coursework in:
Other subfields, including interdisciplinary and applied
Anticipated job growth for interpreters and translators
Linguists travel the world to study languages in a variety of cultures — doing everything
from research unusual grammar systems to advocating on behalf of the users of a language
to promoting literacy.
A minor in Linguistics from UND also provides great preparation for careers beyond
Teaching at the high school or college level
Linguistic community development
UND Linguistics Major Alumni
Linguistics alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
Rochester Institute of Technology
AP Professional Global, LLC
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Genesee Construction Service, Inc.
Grace Ministries International, Inc.
Linguistics Courses You Could Take
LING 450. Articulatory Phonetics. 2 Credits.
Introduction to the theory and practice of articulatory phonetics. SS.
LING 451. Phonology I. 3 Credits.
Introduction to phonological analysis; intensive practice in applying theoretical principles to problem solving and to field techniques. Prerequisite: LING 450 or with permission of the instructor ENGL 209 as a prerequisite and LING 450 as a corequisite. SS.
LING 452. Syntax and Morphology I. 3 Credits.
Fundamentals of analyzing the grammatical and morphological structures of languages; analytical skills developed through graded problems based on a wide variety of languages. SS.
ENGL 370. Language and Culture. 3 Credits.
Interaction of language with other cultural subsystems. (Same course as Anthropology 370.). Prerequisite: ENGL 209. S.
ENGL 418. Second Language Acquisition. 3 Credits.
This course focuses on recent second language acquisition (SLA) research findings from the areas of linguistics, psychology, education, and communication and on how to relate these findings to language learning and teaching. Prerequisite: ENGL 209. S.
LING 455. Phonetics of Signed Languages. 2 Credits.
Introduction to the theory and practice of sign language phonetics. Intensive drill in recognition and production of a wide range of manual and non-manual phonetic elements that are used in natural signed languages, along with terminology for describing those elements precisely. Practice in reading and writing one or more notational systems that are useful in recording phonetic details when conducting research on signed languages. SS.