Iowa State University
Department of English


Undergraduate Program

Requirements for the Undergraduate Major

Completion of the BA in linguistics requires that students complete 36 credit hours of linguistics with a grade of C or better as specified below in addition to the LAS general education requirements.

Core Requirements (30 credits)

LING/WLC 119 Introduction to World Languages

LING/ENGL 120 Computers and Language

LING/PHIL 207 Introduction to Symbolic Logic

LING/ENGL 219 Introduction to Linguistics

LING/ENGL 220 Descriptive English Grammar

LING/ANTHR 309 Linguistic Anthropology

LING/CMDIS 371 Phonetics and Phonology

LING/PSYCH 413 Psychology of Language

LING/ENGL 437 Grammatical Analysis

LING/ENGL 420 History of the English Language

Areas of Concentration (6 credits)

Students may complete requirements for one of the following areas of concentration. Students are welcome to select any combination of courses from these areas. Independent study in any of the areas will be considered on an individual basis.

Communication Disorders (6)

LING/CMDIS 275 Introduction to Communication Disorders

LING/CMDIS 286 Sign Language

LING/CMDIS 325 Nonverbal Communication

LING/CMDIS 471 Language Development

Computational Linguistics (6)

LING/COMS 331 Theory of Computing

LING/ENGL 520 Computational Analysis of English

Second Language Studies (6)

LING/ENGL 425 Second Language Acquisition

One of the following:

LING/WLC  486 Methods in Elementary FL Instruction

LING/ENGL 487 Methods in Secondary FL Instruction

LING/ENGL 524 Literacy: Issues and Methods for Nonnative Speakers of English

LING/ENGL 525 Methods of Teaching Listening/Speaking Siolls to Nonnative Speakers of English

LING/ENGL 519 Language Assessment

LING/ENGL 526 Computer-Assisted Language Learning

Sociolinguistics and Language Use (6)

SPCM 305 Language in Use

LING/ENGL 422 Women, Men, and the English Language

LING/ENGL 514 Sociolinguistics

LING/ENGL 527 Discourse Analysis

A World Language (6)

LING/SPAN  351 Introduction to Spanish/English Translation

LING/SPAN 352 Introduction to Spanish Phonology

LING/SPAN 354 Introduction to Spanish-English Interpretation

LING/SPAN 462 Contrastive Analysis of Spanish/English Syntax

LING/SPAN 463 Hispanic Dialectology

Linguistics classes in other languages are available through the study abroad program. Six credits of linguistics in a single language can be transferred.

Other Requirements

The linguistics program requires a grade of C+ or better in English 150 and 250 (or 250H) and English 305, 314, or a 370 course in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Linguistics majors must show proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to two years of university-level foreign language study. Students should also complete Linguistics 101, a one-credit course introducing the areas of work and study that linguists engage in.

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