Computational Linguistics

Programs offered
  • Computational Linguistics (minor)

A Computational Linguistics minor invites students to engage in an intellectually vital scientific discipline and to gain an overview of techniques used to model natural languages and to represent linguistic phenomena. By studying language from a computational perspective, students can position themselves on the cutting edge of a fast-growing interdisciplinary field that explores the use of computers to process and produce human language. As a result, students begin to acquire practical tools that can benefit society in significant ways and thus help them to become effective agents of positive change in the world.

This interdisciplinary minor provides you with a foundation in the linguistic analysis of human communication, computer science, and statistics to help prepare you for graduate study or for an eventual career in the high-demand fields of natural language processing and artificial intelligence. 

Computational Linguistics Minor


  • A minimum 35 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • Linguistics, Computer Science, and Mathematics courses are included in this minor.
  • In addition to 6 credits in the program core requirements, students will take introductory linguistics courses, introductory programming, and introductory probability statistics.  
  • Ten credits of electives are also required, and students can choose from courses such as Applications Programming; Phonology; and Probability and Statistics.

Entering and completing the minor

In order to earn a degree, you must complete at least one academic major. SPU encourages students to explore various academic paths, so if you change your mind about a major or minor, or want to include an additional program, you are able to do so, as outlined below.

Note that the University encourages you to enter your chosen major(s) and minor(s) by the start of your junior year. Students who transfer as juniors and seniors should enter a major within their first two quarters at SPU.

  • If this is your first quarter at SPU and you identified the Linguistics and Cultural Studies major as your first choice on your application for admission to the University, you have gained entry to the major.
  • To change or enter a major or minor in this department, follow these instructions.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses. You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade.
  • To advance in this program, meet with your faculty advisor regularly to discuss your grades, course progression, and other indicators of satisfactory academic progress. If your grades or other factors indicate that you may not be able to successfully complete the major or minor, your faculty advisor can work with you to explore options, which may include choosing a different major or minor.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements that are in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year you enter the major or minor.

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Course planning: Suggested course sequences