University of Minnesota
Institute of Linguistics

Undergraduate Studies.

Minor Requirements

  • A minimum of 16 credits is required for the minor.
  • All courses must be completed with grades of C- or better.   

Required courses (10 credits)

  • LING 3001, LING 3001H, or LING 5001 - Introduction to Linguistics (4 cr.)
  • LING 4201 - Syntax I (3 cr.)
  • LING 4302W - Phonology I (3 cr.)

Elective courses (6 credits)

  • Any course with a LING designator

Exceptions for fulfilling minor course requirements

  • No more than 4 credits in a 1xxx-level class may be used to satisfy the minor requirements.
  • LING 4201 - Syntax I and LING 5201 - Syntactic Theory I cannot both be counted towards the minor requirements.
  • LING 4302W - Phonology I and LING 5302 - Phonological Theory I cannot both be counted towards the minor requirements.

Requirements for the University Honors Program

Students enrolled in the University Honors Program have different requirements for the minor.

Declaring your Linguistics Minor

To declare a minor in linguistics, make an appointment with Director of Undergraduate Studies Brian Reese and your CLA adviser in your CLA student community. Your minor is not formally declared until both the Director of Undergraduate Studies of Linguistics and your CLA adviser have been seen.

Contact Information

Portrait: Brian Reese
Brian Reese
Director of Undergraduate Studies

S314 Elliott Hall
Spring advising hours:
Mondays 3:00pm–5:00pm
Thursdays 10:00pm–11:00pm
and by appointment

Undergraduate News

LSA 2014 Annual Meeting
Three of our Linguistics undergrads have been selected to give talks at the LSA 2014 Annual Meeting, held in Minneapolis this January.  Carolyn Spadine will be presenting “Circumstantial voice and aspect in Malagasy”, Andrew Hedding and Hannah Sande will be presenting “Geminates and weight in Amharic”, and Maria Stolen will be presenting “Fixed aspect in Amharic Conditionals” which she co-authored with Professor Claire Halpert.

Talle Family Scholarships (2013-2014)
Congratulations to our student Christopher Hammerly! Chris has been awarded a Talle Family Scholarship, which provides full tuition support for his senior year. Read more.

Selmer Birkelo Scholarship for 2013-2014
Congratulations to our undergraduate student Mary Elson! Mary was awarded the prestigious Selmer Birkelo scholarship for 2013-2014. The scholarship was awarded on the basis of academic merit, and only 18 students in CLA were awarded the scholarship for 2013-2014. The recipients receive up to $4000.

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