Undergraduate Study in Linguistics

Minor in Linguistics

The Department of English and Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offer a minor in Linguistics to N.C. State students, except LWR English majors. The minor is designed to investigate the structure and function of language as a cognitive and behavioral science. Five courses in designated areas of linguistics are required in the minor. Among students likely to be attracted to this minor are those who expect to pursue graduate study in linguistics, those interested in foreign languages or English as a second language, and those interested in communication sciences.

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Students who minor in Linguistics will:

  1. Study the formal structure of language organization on phonological, syntactic, semantic, and discourse levels.
  2. Examine modes of linguistic argumentation as a type of scientific inquiry.
  3. Understand the systematic variation of language in its social context.
  4. Explore the applications of linguistic knowledge.


  • Completion of 15 credit hours of designated courses, all at the 200 level or above.
  • At least 3 courses must be above the 200 level.
  • Must also complete the study of a foreign language through the 201 level.
  • Must have an overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor and may count no course lower than a ‘C-‘.
  • At least 9 hours must be taken in residency at NC State.
  • Transfer credits must be evaluated by Dr. Reaser, regardless of their disposition by any other office of the University.
  • Courses for the linguistics minor must be exclusive of all courses counting toward the major.
  • A maximum of TWO (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.

Required Courses

One (1) course from each Area needs to be completed:

Area I

ENG 210 Introduction to Language and Linguistics
ENG 524 Introduction to Linguistics

Area II

ENG 298 Special Projects in English (where relevant)
ENG 324 Modern English Syntax
ENG 325 Spoken and Written Traditions of American English Dialects
ENG 326 History of English Language
ENG 327 Language and Gender
ENG 328 Language and Writing
FLS 333 The Sounds of Spanish

Area III

ANT 254 Language and Culture
COM 315 Phonetics
COM 335 Language Development
FL 424/524 Linguistics for ESL Professionals
PHI 331 Philosophy of Language
PHI 425 Introduction to Cognitive Science
SOC 207 Sociology of Language [Course currently going through approval process]

Area IV (two courses)

ENG 491 Honors Seminar (where relevant)
ENG 494 Special Topics in Linguistics
ENG 498 Special Topics in English (where relevant)
ENG 523 Language Variation Research Seminar
ENG 525 Variety in Language
ENG 527 Critical Discourse Analysis
ENG 528 Sociophonetics
ENG 532 Narrative Analysis
ENG 533 Bilingualism and Language Contact
ENG 534 Quantitative Analysis in Sociolinguistics
ENG 536 Research Methods in Phonology
ENG 584 Studies in Linguistics
ENG 722 Linguistics and Literacy
FL 508 Second Language Acquisition Research: Interlanguage Development
FLF 502 Variety in Language: French
FLF 503 Issues in the Acquisition of L1 and L2 French
FLS 402 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
FLS 405 Spanish-English Comparative Grammar
FLS 502 Linguistic Structure of Spanish
FLS 503 Spanish Applied Linguistics
FLS 504 Spanish Language Change and Variation
FLS 509 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
FLS 515 History of Spanish
One additional course from Area II

Admissions and Certification of Minor

Admissions: Students may declare their intention to complete the linguistics minor by consulting with Dr. Jeffrey Reaser as listed below.

Certification: The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Contact Dr. Jeffrey Reaser (jlreaser@ncsu.edu) for questions regarding any unmet course requirements.


Dr. Jeffrey Reaser
Linguistics Minor Coordinator
285 Tompkins Hall