Linguistics is the science of human language—the scientific study of our ability to communicate with other human beings.
Who might enjoy a linguistics minor?
- computer science
- ethnic studies
- foreign language
- human development
- liberal studies
- social sciences
- women's studies
Linguists find careers in
- public relations
- technical writing
- communications technology
- computer programming
- speech pathology
- composition teaching
- computerized translation
- language teaching
- software development
- developing teaching materials
- artificial intelligence
- academic teaching and research
- teaching English as a second language (around the world!)
- psychological and clinical research
- developing alphabets and literacy programs for pre-literate cultures
- describing (for the first time?) languages that have never been studied before...all over the world!
What courses do I take?
- ENGL 290 Introduction to Linguistics
- ENGL 391 Introduction to Applied Linguistics
- ENGL 395 History of the English Language
Choose 4 electives from:
- ENGL 390 The Linguistic Sturcture of Modern English OR
- ENGL 392 English Grammar for Writers and Teachers
- (Choose either 390 or 392. Only one may count towards the minor.)
- COMS 416 Intercultural Communication
- ENGL 495 Topics in Applied Language Study (variable content course)
- ENGL 497 Theories of Language Learning and Teaching
- (All courses are 4 units)
Plan your schedule carefully. Some of these courses are offered only once per year. You must complete minor requirements before or at the same time as major requirements.
- You must maintain at least a C average in minor courses.
- At least 2/3 of minor courses must be taken for a grade.
- At least 1/2 of minor courses must be taken at Cal Poly, not transferred.
How do I sign up?