Iowa State University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English


Cross-Disciplinary Program in Linguistics


Linguistics Program                           

Students of linguistics study the structure, meaning, uses and history of human languages. They gain insight into how language is processed by the human mind and by computer, and they learn about cultural and linguistic diversity through the study of how language reflects meaning and world views. Through these perspectives, students discover how language reflects unique characteristics of humanity by connecting linguistic structure with the functional meanings that are used in communication.

Students learn how linguistic analysis can be used in practice through the study of such areas as second language acquisition and assessment, language teaching, computer processing of human language, and communication disorders. Linguistics courses are taught by outstanding faculty in language related departments such as Anthropology, Computer Science, English, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Psychology, and World Languages and Cultures.

For more information, contact Professor John Levis, Chair or Greta Muller Levis, Adviser.

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Undergraduate Major Requirements

Undergraduate Minor/Graduate Minor Requirements

Preparation for Speech Pathology

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