2017-2018 General Catalog 
    Mar 24, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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College of Humanities
Department Office: 2300 Language and Communication Building, (801) 581-8047
Mailing Address: 255 S. Central Campus Dr., Rm. 2300, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0492
Phone: 801-581-8047
Website: www.linguistics.utah.edu
E-mail: linguistics@utah.edu
Director of Graduate Studies: ling-gradprogram@lists.utah.edu 
To schedule an appointment with the undergraduate academic advisor, please visit http://linguistics.utah.edu/

The Department of Linguistics is a small department that offers close interaction with faculty. Almost all of our courses have small enrollments. As linguists, we put language under the microscope in order to provide insight into various aspects of this uniquely human ability. We offer courses that examine language and languages from diverse angles including their sounds (phonetics and phonology), their ways of forming words (morphology), their sentence structures (syntax), their systems of expressing meaning (semantics), how they are acquired by children and adults, and language variation in different social and cultural contexts. Consequently, linguistics is closely connected to many other fields, such as philosophy, psychology, biology, and English, and linguistics courses are a great way for majors in other departments to broaden their academic experience.

Graduates of our program have been admitted to some of the top graduate programs in linguistics and other fields (such as law) and found careers in ESL instruction, language analysis, and computational linguistics. Students in linguistics learn how to analyze languages and develop crucial skills for today’s job market: reasoning, critical thinking, rigorous analysis, and written and verbal communication.

Undergraduate Program

The department offers a Linguistics Major and Minor, and a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate. The department offers a strong humanistic and scientific education in the nature of language. Students study the structural and more abstract properties of a variety of languages, including the sounds of languages and meaning. They also explore how languages can vary, how they are used in different contexts, and how they are acquired. Students learn to apply the results of their studies to real-world issues, and they achieve a greater understanding of the human mind. In the TESOL certificate courses, students take what they learn from language analysis and apply it to the domain of teaching and learning languages. With a strong theoretical and practical basis, students are prepared to be effective teachers. 

Please see the Linguistics B.A., H.B.A., Minor, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

English for Academic Success (EAS)

The Linguistics Department offers a variety of EAS credit-bearing courses for non-native English speakers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the undergraduate level, these include EAS writing courses which satisfy the University of Utah writing requirements and foreign language requirements, and a course in cross-cultural communication which satisfies the diversity requirement. We also offer courses in advanced communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. For the undergraduate student wanting EAS language and content support in regular University of Utah general education courses, the Linguistics Department offers EAS content-based courses on topics in various fields. At the graduate level, we provide EAS courses on speaking and pronunciation, advanced communication skills, and graduate level writing. In addition, we offer a course designed to help practicing and prospective international teaching assistants teach effectively.

Graduate Program

The Department of Linguistics offers an MA and a PhD in Linguistics. Both degrees provide students with a broad foundation in the field of Linguistics via coursework and colloquia, and provide for specialist training in one or more subfields of Linguistics via opportunities to conduct individual and collaborative research.

Please see the Linguistics M.A., and Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Program and Course Offerings



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