Linguistics Program

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Linguistics at Richmond is an interdisciplinary program that studies the system of language as a medium of cognition and perception and as a social institution; it enables students to view human culture through the lens of human language. It focuses on such issues as phonetics; word formation; historical linguistics; syntax; semantics; cultural assumptions coded in texts; variation based on region, gender, class, race/ethnicity; how language determines cultural and social categories; and the relationship between language and thought. The linguistics minor combines the study of phenomena from such disciplines as anthropology, modern and ancient literatures and cultures, psychology, and rhetoric and communication.

The Department of Modern Literatures and Cultures offers a minor in linguistics. The minor requires MLC 350: Introductory Linguistics, one full-year of a non-Indo-European language, one 300 or higher level course in a language other than English, and four units of electives chosen from the available course list.

The Linguistics Minor

Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.00.

8 units, including

MLC 350: Introductory Linguistics
One full-year sequence chosen from the following non-Indo-European languages:

ARAB 101-ARAB 102 Elementary Arabic
CHIN 101-CHIN 102 Elementary Chinese
JAPN 101-JAPN 102 Elementary Japanese
SWAH 110-SWAH 111 Mentored Self-Directed Swahili
SDLC 110-SDLC 111: Self-Directed Language Learning I and II: Hebrew, Turkish, or another self-directed language chosen in consultation with the advisor

One advanced (300 or 400 level) course in a language other than English
Four units of elective chosen from the following (no more than two of the 100-level and no more than two in the same department):

ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 211 Ethnographic Field Methods
ANTH 290 Theoretical Foundations of Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 300 Sexuality and Gender across Cultures
CLSC 201 Classical Elements in the English Language
EDUC 324 Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
ENGL 381 Modern Grammar
FREN 481 Traduction
MLC 198 Teaching English as a Second Language through Literature and Film
MLC 352 Language, Race, and Ethnicity
MLC 362 History of the Romance Languages
MLC 410 Teaching of a Modern Second Language
PSYC 333 Cognitive Science
PSYC 341 Cognitive Neuroscience
RHCS 103 Rhetorical Theory
RHCS 104 Interpreting Rhetorical Texts
RHCS 327 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
RHCS 342 Gender and Communication

Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the minor. Prerequisites do not count toward the minor unless otherwise noted. Coursework in phonetics, syntax, morphology and other related topics taken during study abroad may fulfill some minor requirements. Study abroad in consultation with advisor is strongly encouraged.


Additional Information

For more information about the linguistics minor, contact Thomas Bonfiglio.

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Breughel the Elder’s Tower of Babel