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Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Basic Structure of the Program
- The program offers two different majors: the Linguistics Major and the Cognitive Science Major.
- A prerequisite for the Linguistics Major is solid competency in a foreign language.
- The Cognitive Science Major brings together courses from computer science, linguistics, psychology, philosophy, and biology that deal with issues in information processing and the mind/brain. Most courses for the Cognitive Science Major are taken in those departments.
- Linguistics 1(Introductory Linguistics) is the entrée into the Linguistics Major.
- Cognitive Science 2 (Cognition) is a prerequisite to the Cognitive Science Major, though it is not prerequisite to most major courses.
- Linguistics and Cognitive Science jointly sponsors an FSP to New Zealand with the Anthropology department in the winter term. Prerequisites include LING 1 and one other linguistics course in the 20s. LING 35 (Field Methods) is strongly recommended. Those concentrating on linguistics on the FSP will take a course on the Maori language while in New Zealand. See the Off-Campus Programs office for information and application.
Courses for the Student with Little or No Background Who Wants to Explore Linguistics and Cognitive Science
- LING 1: Introductory Linguistics
- LING 10: Language Acquisition
- LING 11: Topics in Linguistics (topics vary)
- LING 17: Sociolinguistics
- LING 18: History of the English Language (=ENGL 47)
- Cognitive Science
- COGS 2: Cognition (=PSYC 28, PSYC 1 or COSC 1 is prerequisite)
- PHIL 26: Philosophy and Computers
- PSYC 40: Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
Information for the First-Year Student Who Plans on Pursuing Studies in Linguistics
- LING 1 (Introductory Linguistics) is the best introduction to the field of linguistics, and is a prerequisite for the major.
- Solid competency in a foreign language is also a prerequisite for the major. This requirement may be met by taking two courses in a language beyond the first-year level.
- Linguistics majors are encouraged to study a second language not closely related to the first.
Information for the First-Year Student Who Plans on Pursuing Studies in Cognitive Science
- COGS 2 (Cognition, =PSYC 28), is a prerequisite to the major.
- COSC 1 (Introduction to Programming and Computation) is a core course in the major curriculum.
- COGS 26 (Philosophy and Computers, = PHIL 26) is also a core course in the major curriculum, and is offered without prerequisites.
- PSYC 10 (Experimental Design, Methodology and Data Analysis Procedures), is also a prerequisite for the major.
- Because this is a smaller program, courses are offered with less frequency and thus students must plan ahead carefully. Exceptions may be allowed, particularly to accommodate conflicts necessitated by the D-Plan.
Current Enrollments, Class Size, and Distributives
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