Major in General Linguistics
Program Director: Michael Newman
For 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 multilingual populations. For more information on what Linguists do and what career opportunities are available for Linguists, see the "Why Major in Linguistics? (and what does a linguist do?)" flyer produced by the Linguistics Society of America and/or make an appointment with an advisor.
Requirements for the Major
Satisfactory completion of the following courses (see course descriptions):
- LCD 101. Introduction to Language
- LCD 102. Analyzing Language
- LCD 116. Introduction to Morphology
- LCD 120. The Syntactic Structure of English I
- LCD 130. The Sound Structure of English
- LCD 205. Sociolinguistics
- LCD 220. The Syntactic Structure of English II
- LCD 306. Semantics and Pragmatics
- One elective course from the following list:
- LCD 144W. Language and Social Diversity
- LCD 288. Voices of New York
- LCD 360. Issues in Linguistic Research
- Four elective courses from the following list:
- LCD 103. Multilingualism in the United States
- LCD 105. Introduction to Psycholinguistics
- LCD 144W. Language and Social Diversity (if not used to satisfy first elective)
- LCD 206. Bilingualism
- LCD 209. Language and Mind
- LCD 288. Voices of New York (if not used to satisfy first elective)
- LCD 360. Issues in Linguistic Research (if not used to satisfy first elective)
- LCD 380. Research Design and Methods in Linguistics
- ANTH 104. Language, Culture, and Society
- ANTH 280. Language and Social Identity
- ANTH 289. Topics in Linguistic Anthropology
- ANTH 380. Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology
- PHIL 109. Modern Logic
- EAST 209. Structure of East Asian Language
- CHIN 317. Introduction to Formal Chinese Linguistics.
- Any other linguistics course with approval of the program director
No course will count toward this major with a grade lower than C-.
- Students should arrange an advisement session with the
Program Advisor Robert Vago (robertvago.youcanbook.me or email firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.