Linguistics is the science of human language—the scientific study of our ability to communicate with other human beings.
Linguistics enriches the English major's understanding of and appreciation for English and other languages, not just by acquainting them with the rules of English, but also by revealing popular myths which often lead to ill-informed personal or policy judgments.
Study of linguistics can be useful as preparation for a variety of occupations: teaching language arts, English, or other languages; working in journalism or editing and publishing; engagement with literature in teaching, criticism or authorship; and a variety of applications in computer-mediated uses of language. For more information about linguistics in the English Department, contact Dr. John Battenburg, Director of the Linguistics Minor Program.
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 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?
- Complete an electronic application, then make an appointment with Dr. John Battenburg, Director of the Linguistics Minor Program, 47-35D, Telephone 756-2143 to confirm your enrollment.
- Pick up an application in the English Department Office (47-32) or download a linguistics minor application and fill it in.
- Bring it to Dr. John Battenburg, Director of the Linguistics Minor Program, 47-35D, Telephone 756-2143, for approval.
Return the completed form to the English department office.