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Linguistics Minor

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Coordinator: Mark LeTourneau
Location: Elizabeth Hall, Room 243
Telephone: 801-626-6386

The Linguistics Minor is an interdisciplinary program that introduces students the scientific study of language as a complement to a broad range of majors.

  • Grade Requirements: A grade of “C” or better is required for all courses used toward the minor (a grade of “C-” is not acceptable.)
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 21 credit hours is required for this minor.

Course Requirements for Minor

1. Foundation Course (3 credit hours)


In lieu of taking one of the above courses, students may satisfy the Language Structures requirement by presenting coursework in a foreign or second language as follows: Either [1] 12 hours (or the equivalent for two years of study at another institution) in a modern Romance or Germanic language with an average grade of B or [2] 8 hours (or the equivalent for one year of study at another institution) in another language (including American Sign Language) with an average grade of C.

Non-native speakers of English may satisfy this requirement by demonstrating their proficiency in English through passing the LEAP Level 5 Challenge Test.

Students substituting language proficiency for the Language Structure requirement must take another three hours of elective credit to achieve 21 hours.


* “Applied Language Studies” shall be understood to include any version of FL 3320  whose linguistic content is at least 50%. The coordinator of the minor will make that determination in consultation with the chair of Foreign Languages and the Linguistics Minor Committee.

4. Electives (4-9 credit hours)*

Select either courses from the preceding areas 2 and 3 not counted for those areas, or in combination with (either or both of) the following LING courses:


Other courses (seminars, etc.) may be accepted in the Electives group on an individual basis, as approved by the coordinator for the minor.

* Students should select elective courses as appropriate to meet the 21 credit hour requirement. Nine hours of elective credit will be necessary if a student has substituted courses in a second or foreign language in the Language Structures requirement.

5. Capstone Course (3 credit hours)


Up to three hours required for a student’s major or another minor (excluding strands in the BIS degree) may be counted toward the 21 hours required for the linguistics minor, consistent with the policies and requirements of the department, minor or program in question.

Students may take no more than eight hours with the same prefix (beyond the Foundations course).

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