Department of Linguistics

Minor in Chinese

The Department of Linguistics offers course work leading to the Minor in Chinese. It is aimed at students who wish to develop their language proficiency and cultural competence in Chinese. This minor is not intended for proficient native speakers of Mandarin Chinese.

Minor in Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics offers course work leading to the Minor in Linguistics. The minor will engage students in the description and analysis of language structure,  use, and learning. The minor will position students for further study in linguistics as well as for many careers in which critical thinking is required. Specifically, the minor provides knowledge and skills relevant for work in education, the teaching of English or other languages, the computer industry, translation and interpretation, language documentation, publishing and dictionary work, testing and assessment, government work, such as the foreign service, or consultant work in the fields of acting, advertising, law, or medicine.

Chinese Courses

CHIN 101. Elementary Chinese I. 4 hours.

Basic grammar; sentence patterns; vocabulary study; reading and writing with Chinese characters; simple oral practice. Course Information: For students who have not studied Mandarin Chinese or placement as determined by test score. This course is taught in a blended-online format. Extensive computer use required. A high-speed connection is strongly suggested.

CHIN 102. Elementary Chinese II. 4 hours.

Continuation of Chinese 101. Course Information: Four additional half hours each week in the language laboratory. This course may be taught in a blended-online format. When that is the case, internet access will be required. A high-speed connection is strongly suggested. Please check the online class schedule for blended-online sections. Prerequisite(s): CHIN 101 or the equivalent.

CHIN 103. Intermediate Chinese I. 4 hours.

Study of Mandarin Chinese language and culture. Intensive practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing at the intermediate level. Course Information: Credit is not given for CHIN 103 if the student already has credit in CHIN 104 or CHIN 112. This course is taught in a blended-online format. Extensive computer use and internet access are required. A high-speed internet connection, while not required, is strongly suggested. Prerequisite(s): CHIN 102; or appropriate score on the department placement test or the equivalent AP test score.

CHIN 104. Intermediate Chinese II. 4 hours.

Continuation of Chinese 103. Course Information: Credit is not given for CHIN 104 if the student already has credit in CHIN 112. This course is taught in a blended-online format. Extensive computer use and internet access are required. A high-speed internet connection, while not required, is strongly suggested. Prerequisite(s): CHIN 103; or appropriate score on the department placement test or the equivalent AP test score.

CHIN 111. Chinese for Students from Chinese Background I. 4 hours.

Principal emphasis is on writing and reading for students who have some knowledge of Mandarin or other Chinese dialect. Course Information: Credit is not given for CHIN 111 if student has credit in CHIN 101 or CHIN 102. Two additional hours each week in the language laboratory. This course may be taught in a blended-online format. When that is the case, internet access will be required. A high-speed connection is strongly suggested. Please check the online class schedule for blended-online sections. Prerequisite(s): Appropriate score on the department placement test. Recommended background: Familiarity with a Chinese dialect (speaking and listening).

CHIN 112. Chinese for Students from Chinese Background II. 4 hours.

Principal emphasis is on writing and reading. For students who have some knowledge of Mandarin or other Chinese dialect. Course Information: No credit given for CHIN 112 if the student has credit in CHIN 103 or CHIN 104. Two additional hours each week in the language laboratory. This course may be taught in a blended-online format. When that is the case, internet access will be required. A high-speed connection is strongly suggested. Please check the online class schedule for blended-online sections. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHIN 111; or appropriate score on the department placement test. Recommended background: Familiarity with a Chinese dialect (speaking and listening).

CHIN 196. Independent Study. 1-4 hours.

Individual study under faculty direction for qualified students with special interests and needs. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: This course counts toward the limited number of independent study hours accepted toward the degree and the major.

CHIN 200. Advanced Communication in Chinese. 3 hours.

The study of Mandarin Chinese at the high intermediate to advanced level. Interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational modes of communication used in formal and informal communicative situations. Course Information: Taught in English and Mandarin Chinese, with increasing use of Mandarin Chinese as the course proceeds. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHIN 104; or appropriate score on the department placement test or equivalent AP Test score.

CHIN 209. Advanced Chinese Language and Culture. 3 hours.

Chinese culture as reflected in language, communication, daily life, and creative works. Intensive listening, speaking, reading and writing at the intermediate-advanced level. Course Information: Same as GLAS 209. Taught in a mix of English and Mandarin Chinese, with more use of Mandarin Chinese over the semester. All assignments are to be completed in Chinese. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHIN 104; or placement test score or AP score equivalent to completion of CHIN 104; or instructor?s approval.

CHIN 296. Independent Study. 1-4 hours.

Individual study under faculty direction for qualified students at the intermediate level who have special interests and needs. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: This course counts toward the limited number of independent study hours accepted toward the degree and the major.

Linguistics Courses

LING 150. Introduction to the Study of Language. 3 hours.

The nature of human language, including analysis of structure and use in social context. Class Schedule Information: This course is offered in both a blended and traditional format. If the section is marked "Blended-Online and Classroom," use of a computer and internet access is required. Blended sections require students to do some of their coursework online. A high-speed connection, while not required, is strongly suggested. Individual and Society course.

LING 160. Language and Society. 3 hours.

Language and its social context: linguistic variation and diversity in the community involving bilingualism, language contact, dialects, style, class, gender, age, and change. Course Information: Recommended background: LING 150. Individual and Society course, and US Society course.

LING 170. Languages of the World. 3 hours.

A survey of the world's languages: their cultural origins, relationships, similarities, and differences. Individual and Society course, and World Cultures course.

LING 201. Classical Etymology in the Life Sciences. 3 hours.

The structure and formation of technical terms used in the health sciences, based on roots and elements from Greek and Latin. Course Information: Same as CL 201. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level biological sciences sequence.

LING 260. Language Acquisition, Language Contact and Bilingualism. 3 hours.

The social and psychological aspects of three major areas of language acquisition and use will be addressed: child language acquisition, adult second language acquisition and bilingualism/language contact. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): ENGL 160. Recommended background: LING 150 or LING 160 or a similar course. Individual and Society course, and US Society course.

LING 270. Language in Healthcare. 3 hours.

Review and practice of research on linguistic and cultural factors in (mis)communication in healthcare settings. Course Information: Field work required. Fieldwork will take place during regularly scheduled class time (approximately 6 of 45 contact hours) and outside of class as homework assignments. Recommended background: LING 150 or LING 160.

LING 402. Trial Interaction. 3 or 4 hours.

Language use, culture, and law in the trial process. Analysis of qualitative methods applied to legal processes and change. Course Information: Same as CLJ 402. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CLJ 261 and CLJ 350; or consent of the instructor.

LING 405. Introduction to General Linguistics. 3 or 4 hours.

Linguistics, the scientific study of language as knowledge, structure, and use, involves Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics. Introduction to Linguistics explores these disciplines. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

LING 406. History of European Standard Languages. 3 or 4 hours.

The phenomenon of the "standard language" in Western and Eastern Europe. Course Information: Same as CEES 406 and LCSL 406. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Taught in English. In cases where students speak languages other than English, they might receive tasks to research literature in that language (and on that language) and to present their research results. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; and consent of the instructor.

LING 440. Language and Gender. 3 or 4 hours.

Examination of sociolinguistic research and theories on the interrelationships between language and gender, including gender categories in linguistic systems, gender differences in language use, interaction, and cross-cultural comparisons. Course Information: Same as GWS 440. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Previously listed as LING 540. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

LING 459. Topics in Linguistics. 3 or 4 hours.

Topics vary. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to 2 time(s). Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

LING 474. Cognitive Psychology of Language. 3 hours.

Provides students with a survey of methods, theory and research in language and discourse processing. Course Information: Same as COMM 454, and PSCH 454. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor.

LING 480. Sociolinguistics. 3 or 4 hours.

The study of language structure and use involving socially-informed pragmatics, ethnography of communication, sociolinguistic variation and dialectology, and issues of bilingualism. Course Information: Same as ANTH 480. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): LING 405; and junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

LING 483. Methodology of Second Language Teaching. 3 or 4 hours.

Approaches, methods, and techniques for teaching second languages with a focus on speaking, listening, writing, reading, and on assessment and curriculum/syllabus design. Course Information: Same as LCSL 483. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above and consent of the instructor.

LING 487. Computer Assisted Language Learning. 3 or 4 hours.

An introduction to computer assisted language learning (CALL): the use of computer technology in second language reading and research. The effectiveness of CALL technology is assessed based on SLA theory and research studies. Course Information: Same as GER 487 and SPAN 487. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Taught in English. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): LING 483 or CIE 483 or GER 448 or FR 448 or SPAN 448 or GER 449 or FR 449 or SPAN 449; or SPAN 502 or FR 502 or the equivalent; and senior standing or above.

LING 496. Independent Study. 1-4 hours.

Students are assigned to this course at the discretion of the department. Independent study in an area of linguisitics not normally covered by regular course offerings. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. A maximum of 6 hours is allowed for undergraduate students, and 8 hours of credit for graduate students. Prerequisite(s): 9 hours of linguistics and approval of the head of the department. Class Schedule Information: This course counts toward the limited number of independent study hours accepted toward the undergraduate degree and the major.