College of Humanities & Social Sciences

English Linguistics Minor

English Linguistics (23-25 credits)

Introduction/What is the Study of English Linguistics?

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Students study the different components of grammar (syntax, phonology, morphology and semantics), how language changes over time, how it varies from speech community to speech community; how it is acquired by children; and how the brain is organized for language. English linguistics is the scientific study of the English language: its grammatical structure, dialects, and history. Courses in English Linguistics also address linguistic ideology and discrimination in U.S. Institutions, linguistics in K-12 education, and English as a global language.

Why Consider an English Linguistics Minor?

This minor is intended for English majors who develop an interest in Linguistics but do not have time in their schedules to double-major. Students take courses in English linguistics (the structure and history of English, etc.) as well as a selection of core courses in the Linguistics Program (syntax, phonology, etc.). Students graduate with a degree in English that also recognizes their interest and expertise in Linguistics.

Sample Careers

Teach and research at the university level | Work in K-12 education to improve teaching about language | Teach English as a Second Language | Work in publishing, technical writing, journalism | Work with dictionaries (lexicography) | Become a consultant on language in professions such as law or medicine | Work in the computer industry

Required Courses:
  • ENG 436 The Structure of English
  • ENG 438 Topics in Language Change and Variation
  • ENG 439 Topics in Language and Linguistics (repeatable once with different topics)
  • Two other Linguistics courses under advisement, including offerings in other departments


Interested in declaring an English major or minor? Please see the Advising section's page on declaring a major or minor for more information.