Consider a Minor in Linguistics

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What's linguistics?

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?

Students of

  • anthropology
  • communication
  • computer science
  • education
  • English
  • ethnic studies
  • foreign language
  • human development
  • journalism
  • liberal studies
  • philosophy
  • psychology
  • social sciences
  • women's studies

Linguists find careers in

  • teaching
  • public relations
  • publishing
  • 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 Topics in Applied Linguistics
  • ENGL 395 History of the English Language

Choose 4 electives from:

  • ENGL 390 The Linguistic Structure of Modern English
  • COMS 316 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?

  • Pick up an application in the English Department Office (47-32) or download a linguistics minor application.
  • Bring it in to Dr. John Battenburg, Linguistics Minor Advisor, 47-35D, Telephone 756-2143.
  • Return the completed form to the English department office.





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