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Linguistics Program

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At South Carolina, undergraduate students can pursue a minor in Linguistics. Courses available to students include language in society, historical linguistics, philosophy of language, acquisition of language by children, and courses devoted to the description of a particular language: English, French, German, or Spanish.


A student wishing to have Linguistics as a major concentration of their studies may pursue an emphasis in the field through the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) degree program, which allows students to synthesize their own course of study so long as it abides by the Carolina Core and major requirements. Students typically apply to pursue an Interdisciplinary Studies major once they have already completed a semester or two of classes in the College of Arts and Sciences.


The Linguistics Program at South Carolina offers the possibility of an undergraduate minor or cognate field in Linguistics, and knowledge gained in such a course of study can complement study in a wide variety of disciplines. Students who would especially benefit from a minor or cognate in Linguistics are those majoring in Anthropology, Computer Science, English, French, German, Philosophy, Psychology, and Spanish. A Linguistics minor is also good preparation for a graduate program in Speech Pathology. 

Majoring in one of the related disciplines and minoring in linguistics can prepare students for a variety of careers, including teaching, translating, foreign service, and social work, or graduate study in Linguistics and any of its related fields.

A total of 18 credit hours of course work in linguistics

  • Required Course (3 credit hours): either Introduction to Language Science or The English Language
  • Additional Courses (15 credit hours): Any five LING courses

A minimum of 12 credit hours of LING courses or cross-listings


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