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undergraduate minors

World Language Minor 

For a world language minor, students enroll in one of the language patterns associated with the world language major, at a level consistent with their past background, and complete 18 credits in the sequence of offerings. Students in B.A. programs must complete the language requirement by taking a level IV (or higher level) course in a second language or by taking 21 credits in their minor language. Students in B.S. programs must complete the language requirement by taking a level II (or higher level) course in a second language or by taking 21 credits in their minor language.  

Linguistics Minor

Linguistics is the study of language as a cultural, psychological, and social phenomenon. It includes the study of the structural components of language, such as phonology, phonetics, morphology, and syntax, as well as the application of theory to real-world issues such as language pedagogy.

Majoring in a related discipline and minoring in linguistics can prepare students for a variety of careers, including teaching, translating, foreign service, and social work, or graduate study in linguistics and any of its related sub-fields. 

The minor consists of 18 credits including WLL 211: Descriptive Linguistics. The remaining credits can be selected from a variety of courses on language and culture, history of language, philosophy, child language acquisition, and courses devoted to the description of a particular language: English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish.

Medical Spanish Minor 

The minor in Medical Spanish for Health and Human Service Professions is an 18-credit sequence of courses designed to prepare future professionals to serve Spanish-speaking clients in a clinical setting by developing functional and technical Spanish language skills and cultural awareness. Although the minor is designed to complement programs such as nursing, exercise science, public health, psychology, social work, and communication disorders, any student interested in becoming proficient in conversational Spanish for health and human service is welcome to enroll in this minor.