Explore the frontiers of language
SFA’s linguistics minor was designed to provide solid academic training in the discipline of linguistics and prepare you for graduate study, academic research or a career in linguistics. The study of linguistics helps you develop important skills like critical and analytical thinking, problem-solving, data collection and analysis and advanced written and oral expression.
A diverse skill set for a range of career options
Your minor in linguistics can provide the foundation for a wide range of jobs and careers. The field of linguistics is extremely diverse, intersecting with many areas such as anthropology, computer science, engineering, foreign language study, neurology, philosophy, psychology, sociology and speech and hearing science.
One-of-a-kind course offerings
One of the most unique aspects of our program is the nature of our course offerings. SFA offers the only face-to-face undergraduate forensic linguistics course in the country. We also offer an invented languages course, which is offered as a full-fledged course at only one other U.S. university. The course examines languages like those featured in The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and other pop culture and literary masterpieces. And we offer rigorous courses like field methods, which are typically only offered at the graduate level.
Undergraduate programs and requirements
Minor in linguistics
The linguistics minor consists of 18 credit hours, divided into 12 core hours and six elective hours. Only one course can be counted as credit for both your major and minor; any course counted toward both must first be approved by the program coordinator. Requirements are:
- A total of 12 core curriculum hours, with options including Advanced Linguistic Theory, History of the English Language and Forensic Linguistics
- Six hours of electives, with options including Invented Languages, Forensic Linguistics and Psychology of Speech Communication
To learn more about the requirements of this program, please see the General Bulletin or discuss with your advisor.