Undergraduate Degree

What Is Linguistics?

Linguistics is the scientific study of the nature and development of language and how it is acquired and used.

What Do Linguists Do?

Linguists study both the universal properties and the particular structures of language. Some study the way in which children and non-native speakers acquire language. Linguists also study the geographical and social dialect variations of language. Bilingual and bicultural communication is of vital interest to those who specialize in teaching English to speakers of other languages, as well as to teachers of other languages. Some linguists explore the function of the brain and other biological mechanisms in linguistic communication, and some use computers to analyze languages and to model the way language users understand and produce linguistic communication.

What Applications Does Linguistics Have?

Linguistics has important applications to other professional fields. Rapid expansion in linguistics has involved fields such as anthropology, computer science, sociology, hearing and speech sciences, and education. Because linguistics plays a pivotal role in current studies dealing with the nature of the human mind, it finds particular application in the fields of psychology, education, and cognitive science.

What Kinds of Jobs Do Linguists Get?

Since linguistics is a relatively new field, there is no fixed area in which only linguists are employed. Most linguists are to be found teaching at universities or connected with organizations which involve research and teaching, development of teaching materials, or field study of the world’s languages. A background in linguistics is useful in fields such as education, library science, artificial intelligence, psychology, and cognitive science. A degree or specialization in teaching English to speakers of other languages is valuable in obtaining employment both at home and abroad as a teacher of English as a second or foreign language (TESL/TEFL) or as a teacher of any other language. The need for bilingual education and English instruction in the public schools has led to a demand for trained linguists in many urban areas throughout the United States.


Undergraduate Programs

BA5290 LINGUISTICS MAJOR

Ohio University offers an undergraduate major in linguistics, the study of how languages are structured, acquired, and used. Consisting of 34 credits, the major can be completed in two years if a student begins the program in the fall of the junior year. (LING 2700, an introductory course in the nature of language, does not count toward the major.)

A core program of 19 semester hours is required of all majors; each student must take 15 additional hours of electives in linguistics. Areas of possible concentration include the teaching of English as a second or foreign language (TESL/TEFL), theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and the use of computers in linguistic research or teaching. In addition, the major may be useful to students planning advanced study or careers in speech and hearing sciences, bilingual education, translation and interpretation, cognitive science, anthropology, philosophy, and artificial intelligence.

Unlike other majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, linguistics majors must complete three years of foreign language study and meet all general education requirements.

A typical program of study can be sequenced across the last two years of a student’s college career. Some courses may be taken out of sequence, but prerequisites and descriptions of courses listed in the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog should be carefully noted. A minimum GPA of 2.33 is required in the major, with no grade below C- in the core courses.

1. CORE REQUIREMENTS (19 credits)

LING 1010: Grammar in Language Learning and Teaching (1)
LING 3500: Introduction to Linguistics (3)
LING 4610: Introduction to Phonology and Morphology (3)
LING 4700: Syntactic Description of English (3)
LING 4750: Language Learning (3)
LING 4860: Semantics and Pragmatics(3)
LING 4901: Sociolinguistics and Bilingualism (3)
 
2. LINGUISTICS LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

All Arts and Sciences BA students must complete two years of a foreign language. Linguistics majors must complete an additional year of the same or a different
language.

3. ELECTIVE REQUIREMENT (15 credits)

Students must take 15 credit hours from the following courses:

LING 2750: Introduction to Language and Culture (3)
LING 2800: Language in America (3)
LING 3300: Introduction to Psycholinguistics (3)
LING 3880: Special Topics in Applied Linguistics (3)
LING 3900: Language of Women and Men (3)
LING 4150: Audio, Video and Multimedia in Language Learning (3)
LING 4160: Designing Advanced Interactive CALL Materials (3)
LING 4510: Computers in Language Teaching I (3)
LING 4520: Computers in Language Teaching II (3)
LING 4800: Methods and Materials in TEFL (3)
LING 4830: Assessing Language Abilities (3)
LING 4850: Historical Linguistics (3)
LING 4912: Internship in TESOL (1-3)
LING 4920: English as a Second Language Teaching Practicum (2)
LING 4921: CALL Teaching Practicum (2)
LING 4940: Research Experience in Linguistics (1-3)
LING 4941: Directed Research in Linguistics (1-3)
LING 4990: Special Studies in Linguistics (1-3)

*Three-year Program: BA Linguistics 5290


OR 5290 LINGUISTICS MINOR

A minor in linguistics is also available, requiring a minimum of 15 hours. The Minor in Linguistics offers various tracks including theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning).

1. Theoretical Track Semester Hours: 15

LING 3500: Introduction to Linguistics (3)
LING 4610: Introduction to Phonology and Morphology (3)
LING 4700: Syntactic Description of English (3)
LING 4750: Language Learning (3)
LING 4860: Semantics and Pragmatics (3)

2. Sociolinguistics Track Semester Hours: 15

LING 3500: Introduction to Linguistics (3)
LING 2750: Introduction to Language and Culture (3)
LING 2800: Language in America (3)
LING 3900: Language of Women and Men (3)
LING 4901: Sociolinguistics and Bilingualism (3)

3. TESOL Track Semester Hours: 15

LING 1010: Grammar in Language Learning and Teaching (1)
LING 3500: Introduction to Linguistics (3)
LING 4750: Language Learning (3)
LING 4800: Methods and Materials in TEFL (3)
LING 4830: Assessing Language Abilities (3)
LING 4920: English as a Second Language Teaching Practicum (2)

4. CALL Track Semester Hours: 15

LING 1010: Grammar in Language Learning and Teaching (1)
LING 3500: Introduction to Linguistics (3)
LING 4510: Computers for Language Teaching I (3)
LING 4520: Computers in Language Teaching II (3)
LING 4800: Methods and Materials in TEFL ((3)
LING 4921: CALL Teaching Practicum (2)

Please contact Dr. David Bell, Undergraduate Chair, 369 Gordy Hall belld@ohio.edu

For further information, contact:

Department of Linguistics
Ohio University
Gordy Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701-2979
Phone: 740-593-4564
Fax: 740-593-2967
E-mail: lingdept@ohiou.edu

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