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Linguistics and Cultural Studies

Linguistics and Cultural Studies Major
Linguistics and Cultural Studies Minor


Marston Hall

Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics Department Faculty

The study of linguistics focuses on the nature of language itself and on human beings as creators and users of language. It explores systems of sound and meaning; phrase and sentence structure; linguistic diversity; both first- and second-language acquisition; and language change over time.

The Linguistics and Cultural Studies major features a thorough grounding in general linguistic theory, as well as an opportunity for work in some more specific subfields (e.g., sociolinguistics, second-language acquisition). It also offers cultural studies courses in a minimum of three different cultures. As with other Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics majors, there is a requirement for a Senior Paper presented at the Symposium and for significant study abroad.

Both the major and the minor may be of interest and use to students also pursuing studies in a variety of fields including anthropology, global development, global and urban ministries, sociology, and specific languages.

Students of linguistics generally prepare themselves to enter professional fields such as translation, teaching, and linguistic research.

Linguistics and Cultural Studies Program Requirements
Kathryn Bartholomew, Contact Person

Requirements for the Linguistics and Cultural Studies major

The Linguistics and Cultural Studies major consists of 53 credits minimum, including 38 upper-division.

Minimum competency through the second-year sequence of a European language is required. Students must complete all non-credited and language proficiency requirements found on the Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics website.

Admission to the Major or Minor

Applicants for a Linguistics and Cultural Studies major or minor within the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all college work applicable to the BA degree and a 2.5 GPA in 10 credits of coursework at SPU in Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics.

Application may be made through the Major or Minor Application form (PDF). A student must complete the major or minor requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the major or minor.

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