Concentration in Linguistics

Study the underlying structure of language

The linguistics concentration offers a program of study of language structure and use that begins with courses designed to introduce you to the following elements of the discipline of linguistics:

  • the basic theoretical assumptions
  • the fundamental concepts
  • the methodological approaches

Focus on how these elements relate to the analysis of the English language. Beyond the introductory phase of your course work, you may choose from classes that cover a broad range of linguistic research, for example, into the relationship between language and culture, society, writing, and gender. You will emerge from your studies in this concentration with the skills and knowledge that enable you to investigate a variety of language issues in a rigorous and scientific manner.

For more information contact:

Frederick J. DiCamilla
Director of the Linguistics Program
Associate Professor of English
(317) 274-4804

Requirements: Concentration in Linguistics

English majors must take at least 15 hours of 300/400 level courses in the major. A minimum grade of C is required in each course in this concentration.

Gateway Course (6 cr.)

  • ENG Z205 Introduction to the English Language
  • ENG Z206 Introduction to Language Use

Concentration Core (12 cr.)

Choose four from these courses:

  • ENG-Z 301: History of the English Language
  • ENG-Z 302: Understanding Language Structure: Syntax
  • ENG-Z 303: Understanding Language Meaning: Semantics
  • ENG-Z 310: Language in Context: Sociolinguistics
  • ENG-Z 432: Second Language Acquisition
  • ENG-Z 434: Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language
  • ENG-Z 441: Materials Preparation for ESL Instruction
  • ENG-W 310: Language and the Study of Writing
  • ASL-L 340: Discourse Analysis: English
  • ANTH-L 401: Language, Power & Gender
  • ANTH-L 300: Language and Culture

English Experience (12 cr.)

In consultation with your advisor, choose four English courses at the 200-level or above, with at least two at the 300-or 400-level. At least three courses must be outside of the Language and Linguistics concentration and at least one course must be in Literature. Please see your advisor to have your program of study approved.

Capstone (3 cr.)

Choose from:

  • ENG-Z 405: Topics in the Study of Language
  • ENG-E 398: Internships in English
  • ENG-E 450: Capstone Seminar
  • ENG-W 426: Writing Nonfiction: Popular and Professional Publication
  • ENG-W 496: Writing Tutor Training Seminar
  • ENG-L 440: Senior Seminar in English and American Literature
  • ENG-L 433: Conversations with Shakespeare

Opportunities in Linguistics:

This concentration links with the Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate Program, which you can pursue in conjunction with the undergraduate degree. Also, to observe pragmatic applications of linguistic research, you can check out the Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication (ICIC) and the English for Academic Purposes Program (EAP), which are located on campus.

Degree Map

To help you guide your four-year college journey, consult your degree map for a snapshot of classes you will be taking to finish your degree.