Carnegie Mellon University

Curriculum

The Interdepartmental Minor in Linguistics combines courses from the departments of Philosophy, English, Modern Languages, Psychology and the Language Technologies Institute. It synthesizes the linguistics related offerings in these departments and provides students with an academic experience that reflects the interdisciplinary character of the subject.

The Minor in Linguistics requires a total of 6 courses: the introductory linguistics course; two fundamental skills courses; and three additional electives. All courses counted towards the Minor must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of "C" or above.

Introductory Course

  80-180 Nature of Language

Fundamental Skills

Take one course from two of the following core subject areas:

Sounds 80-282 Phonetics and Phonology
Structure 80-280 Linguistic Analysis
80-285 Natural Language Syntax
Meaning 80-381 Meaning in Language
80-383 Language in Use

Extended Core

Choose two courses (18 units) from Extended Core and/or additional courses from Linguistics Core.

80-283

It Matters How You Say It

9

80-284

Invented Languages

9

80-286

Words and Word Formation: Introduction to Morphology

9

80-287

Language Variation and Change

9

80-288

Intonation: Transcription and Analysis

9

80-382

Phonetics and Phonology II

9

80-384

Linguistics of Turkic Languages

9

80-385

Linguistics of Germanic Languages

9

80-388

Linguistic Typology: Diversity and Universals

9

Electives

Take one additional linguistics course. This can be an additional course from the Fundamental Skills category above, or any other course which is approved by the Director as a linguistics elective. For electives taught on a regular basis, see courses listed as Electives in the Undergraduate Catalog entry for the Linguistics Major.