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Advisor — C. Leza

The scientific study of language, encompassing structure, meaning, and use in contemporary societies as well as historical and evolutionary perspectives on human language. Students develop a basic understanding of the social and cognitive dimensions of language and the analytic tools of modern linguistics. Such a foundation has relevance for a wide range of studies, including cognition, artificial intelligence, comparative literature, language teaching, race and ethnic studies and international studies. 5 units.

Category One: Students must take AN105, AN258.

Category Two: Students must choose any two of the following: AN256, AN260, AN262, AN311, AN312, AN360, AN361, AN372, AN208/209 or AN308/309 (only if the topic is related to language).

Category Three: The fifth required course may be selected from Category Two or from among the following group of courses that explore related areas: any modern foreign language at the 200 level or higher, CL101 or CL111, CO390, ED399, EN302, FG118, PC129, PH229, PY344, PY374. A student wishing to undertake a project in an area not treated by existing courses may, with the consent of the faculty members involved in the minor, select GS320 or AN400 as the fifth course.


A paper or research project, expanding on course work or undertaken independently, with the consent of the instructor, the student, and the minor advisor.