Why study linguistics?

Because language is a window into the mind. Linguistics provides an understanding of the human capacity to acquire, perceive, and produce language and of language’s role in contemporary society.

Requirements for the Minor

Linguistics Minor Course Requirements

Students selecting this option must complete a course in each of the following areas:

Linguistics Language Proficiency (0)
In addition to completion of Language Proficiency (4th level proficiency) in a second language, students must complete the following minor requirements: (See the chart of Foreign Languages offered at KU for world languages with KU course offerings through the proficiency level.)
Language & Mind. Satisfied by: (3)3
Language and Mind
Phonetics I. Satisfied by: (3)3
Phonetics I
Syntax. Satisfied by: (3)3
Syntax I
Students choosing the general option must also complete: (9)9
Introductory Linguistics
Introductory Linguistics, Honors
Introduction to Phonology
One junior/senior (300+) LING elective course, chosen by the student in consultation with the linguistics advisor.
Students choosing the second language acquisition option must also complete: (9)9
Second Language Acquisition
One additional course (from the following advanced language list, or any other LING course.)
Spanish Phonetics
Structure of Spanish
Studies in Hispanic Linguistics: _____
French Phonetics
Russian Phonetics, Phonology, and Inflectional Morphology
The Grammatical Categories of Russian: Linguistic Units, Functions and Meanings
The Structure of Japanese
The Structure of Chinese
Language and Society in Africa

Minor Hours & GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours of junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor. 

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in all departmental courses in the minor. GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including Fs and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.