Linguistics encompasses the study of human language as a universal feature of human behavior and thinking. Linguists continually seek to understand the common properties of human language, the place of language in human life and society and the ways language is organized to fulfill the needs of the people it serves and the function it performs.


  • The language studies minor offers an introduction to the field of linguistics with a particular emphasis in the development of first and second languages and the teaching of language learners.
  • Courses weave philosophical concepts of language with practical teaching concepts and intercultural understandings.

Career opportunities

The language studies minor provides a necessary background for your pursuit of advanced studies in linguistics and applied linguistics. This minor also prepares you to work with language learners in a variety of contexts.