Undergraduate Major in General Linguistics
students who matriculated at Queens College in Fall 2012 or later
In this program students
study the phonological, semantic, syntactic, and morphological
aspects of language. They learn the linguistic, psycholinguistic,
and sociolinguistic principles underlying language acquisition,
especially the acquisition of languages beyond those learned in
infancy and early childhood. They analyze the complexities in the
structure and social use of languages both in monolingual and
Requirements for the Major
Satisfactory completion of the following 39 credits:
- LCD 101, 102, 116,
120, 130, 205, 220, 360
- LCD 144 or 288
- Four elective
courses from the following list: any LCD course; ANTH 104, 280,
289, 380, 389; PHIL 109
No course will count
toward this major with a grade lower than C-.
- Students must call
or visit the LCD office to arrange an advisement session with the
Program Director. This should be done as early as possible, but no
later than the first Fall semester of study in the major.
- In the first Fall
semester of study in the major, students must take the following
courses (if not taken previously): LCD 101, 102, 116, 120, and 130.
- Subsequent course
sequencing will be established at the advisement session.
LCD 101. Introduction to Language. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A survey of the study of language: Structure,
language and society, first and second language acquisition, and other related topics. (Fulfills
LASAR Humanities III requirement.)
LCD 102. Analyzing
Language. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Developing and evaluating
hypotheses about linguistic data drawn from a variety of languages in
the areas of sound structure (phonology), word structure
(morphology), and sentence structure (syntax).
LCD 116. The Structure of English Words. 3
hr.; 3 cr. The structure of English vocabulary; how words are formed;
rules for determining the meaning, spelling, and pronunciation of
LCD 120. The Syntactic Structure of English I. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The study of the structure of sentences in English, with implications for TESOL, Part I.
LCD 130. The Sound Structure of English. 3 hr.; 3 cr. The study of the articulation and patterning of sounds in English, with implications for TESOL.
LCD 144. Language and
Social Diversity. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Students explore dialectal
and linguistic diversity as a form of social diversity in various
countries around the world. Students read and report on research
articles on these topics and collaborate on an original class
research project that examines one linguistic phenomenon in its
LCD 205. Sociolinguistics. 3 hr.; 3 cr.
Prereq.: LCD 101 or 104 or 105. Introduction to the study of the
relationship between language and society. Socio-cultural factors which
influence language form, use, and history. (Fulfills one of the LASAR
requirements in the Social Sciences.)
LCD 220. The Syntactic Structure of English II.
3 hr.; 3 cr. The study of the structure of sentences in English, with
implications for TESOL, Part II. Continuation of LCD 120.
LCD 288. Voices of New
York. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: 6 credits in social sciences or
in courses in the Department of Linguistics and Communication
Disorders, or by permission of instructor. A research seminar for
students using sociolinguistic and anthropological perspectives to
explore current language use and attitudes in New York. Under the
guidance of experienced language researchers, students formulate
research questions, and design and carry out original field research
projects to answer these questions. Findings will be presented to the
professors, the class, and posted at a dedicated website.
LCD 360. Issues in Linguistic Research. 3
hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LCD 101. This course focuses on contemporary issues
in any of the major branches of linguistics. May be repeated for credit
when topics vary sufficiently. There is a substantial writing commitment
in this course.