Minoring in linguistics
The advisor for undergraduate linguistics majors is Dr. Peggy Antonisse (mja-at-umd-edu).
A schedule of classes for the present and coming semester is available on Testudo.
A minor in linguistics requires that you take at least five courses, satisfying these five requirements:
- Either Ling 200 (Introduction to Linguistics), or an approved upper-level elective (see note)
- Ling 240 (Grammar and Mind)
- Ling 311 (Syntax)
- Ling 321 (Phonology)
- At least one upper-level linguistics elective
We strongly recommended that you take Ling 240 before you declare a linguistics minor.
Ling 200 overlaps substantially with Ling 240 in content. So it is best to avoid taking both courses. Of the two, only Ling 240 is required absolutely. We therefore recommend that students interested in minoring take 240 and not 200, eventually taking a second upper-level elective instead. (See the FAQ for further discussion.)
For an upper-level elective to count towards the minor, it must have a "Ling" prefix, and it must be a regular "classroom" course. It cannot be an independent study, research assistantship, internship, etc..
There can only be six credits of overlap between a minor and a major.
No course with an earned grade below 'C' may count towards a minor.
Minors will be posted on a student's academic transcript but not on the diploma.
To declare linguistics as a minor, you must make an appointment with the linguistics minor advisor. Do this through the ARHU Minor web page, following the procedure described below, under "Declaring linguistics as a minor". In this meeting with your minor advisor, you will fill out the Roadmap for Linguistics Minors together.
Near the end of your graduating semester, contact your minor advisor to make sure that everything is on track for the minor to be awarded (assuming successful completion of any courses you're still taking). It is your responsibility to contact us one month prior to graduation to let us know that you have completed the requirements.
Any time you email your advisor, please make sure to include all relevant information about the meeting, especially a list of times you are available to meet (during the five weekdays following your message date).
To decide whether you would like to have a minor in linguistics, please study:
the general information on minors provided by the university; and
If after studying these resources, you would like declare linguistics as a minor, please follow the instructions below.
Meet with the minor advisor
Go to the ARHU Minor web page and request an appointment with the minor advisor through the site. To do this, click the "contact" link (the envelope symbol) for the Linguistics Minor, fill out the form, and make sure to include times you are available for meeting in the "comments" section of the form.
You will then meet with the minor advisor to discuss the requirements of the minor and whether the minor is appropriate for you. During this meeting, you and the advisor will fill out the Roadmap for Linguistics Minors together.
When emailing your linguistics advisor, please make sure to include all relevant information about the meeting, especially a list of times you are available to meet (during the five weekdays following your message date).
Check your transcript
After meeting with the minor advisor, double check that the Linguistics Minor shows up on your transcript (in Degree Navigator, etc.). (That is, that you have been officially added as a Ling Minor with the registrar.)
Be aware of the deadlines
In general, the minor must be declared at least one year prior to graduation.
Students can apply for the minor through the ARHU Minor web page starting on October 1st of each year.
These applications are accepted on a first-come/first-serve basis. There is a cap on the minor. Once the cap is reached, we do not accept applications for minors until some of the current minors graduate or drop the minor.
Check before graduating
Near the end of your graduating semester, contact the minor advisor to make sure that everything is on track for the minor to be awarded (assuming successful completion of any courses you're still taking). It is your responsibility to contact us one month prior to graduation to let us know that you have completed the requirements.
I have taken Ling 240 already (perhaps before deciding to minor in Linguistics). Should I still take Ling 200?
No. If you've already taken Ling 240, it would not make sense for you to go back to a prior introductory course. Instead, take a different Linguistics course and we will substitute it for Ling200 in your minor requirements. See the note above.
I haven't taken any linguistics courses at all yet, but I'm really serious about wanting to minor in it. Should I start with Ling 200 or Ling 240?
We would advise you to start with Ling 240. As discussed in the previous question/answer, you can then substitute a different course in place of Ling 200. Again, see this note. Since Ling 240 is the gateway course for the major, taking it before declaring a minor gives you the best sense of linguistics at Maryland, and of whether minoring is a good option for you. Therefore, you should start with Ling 240 and substitute an upper level elective for Ling 200 as discussed above.
Can I use HESP 120 (Introduction to Linguistics) as a substitute for Ling 200?
Can I use Hon 218L as a substitute for Ling 240?