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The linguistics minor at Linfield, rooted firmly in the humanities and social sciences, is a rewarding addition to many majors. Take at least one year of study in an ancient language and at least two years in a modern one, but linguistics is more than “just learning lots of languages.” It provides a concentration on the science of language including language acquisition, meaning and more.

As a linguistics minor at Linfield

you might take:

Cultural Anthropology

Anthropological study of culture and society; world cultures and their variation in social, political and economic organization, belief systems and world view, material culture and the arts, patterns of adaptation. (ANTH 111)

Psychology of Language

Introduction to the psychological study of language representation, development and processing. (PSYC 288)

New Testament Greek

Study of Greek grammar; readings from the New Testament; use of exegetical tools. (RELS 200)

Minoring in linguistics at Linfield

Learning outcomes

  • Learn to describe with some precision the sounds and forms of language as well as the rules that govern language.

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  • Explore the social contexts in which human thought is given meaning through language and language is in turn influenced by those social contexts.

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  • Understand how modern languages have evolved from their ancient forebearers.


    Compare standard written English with its spoken analogues in slang and dialect.

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  • Learn how language expresses systems of human interaction, including patterns of migration and settlement history.

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  • Study how humans acquire language and what mechanisms can impair that acquisition.


    Assess the viability of endangered languages and the development of pidgins and creoles.

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portrait of Hillary CraneHillary Crane
Associate Professor and Linguistics Program Coordinator

portrait of Masayuki ItomitsuMasayuki Itomitsu
Associate Professor and Linguistics Program Coordinator