What are the features and requirements of the Linguistics minor?
A list of requirements for the Linguistics minor can be found here.
Learning goals for linguistics minors:
- to become more cognizant and attentive users of their native and foreign languages by discovering the grammatical and pragmatic mechanisms at work in every linguistic communication;
- to familiarize themselves with the history of the linguistic science and a wide number of scientific approaches to data collection, analysis, and interpretation on every level of language structure and use;
- to develop analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills and use them in various individual research assignments that involve gathering, analyzing, and interpreting linguistic data in light of contemporary language-related theories;
- to make meaningful conceptual and method-related connections across social sciences (anthropology, economics, history, pedagogy, political science, psychology, sociology) as they all contribute to our understanding of language;
- to recognize and dispel commonly held misconceptions about languages and linguistic varieties across regions and history;
- to appreciate and respect the diversity of human linguistic heritage and see the underlying systematics of all linguistic structures.
Study Abroad Options: We strongly encourage students to make use of all offerings in Linguistics that are available to you while you are away from campus, be it abroad at international universities including the Middlebury Schools Abroad, the Middlebury Summer Language Schools, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Meet with your advisor to figure out the best course of study, so we can make sure that you will get credit for those Linguistics classes.
Senior Theses: A number of students have completed senior thesis projects in Linguistics.
One-year Master’s Degree (4+1) at MIIS: Middlebury students with a minor in Linguistics—provided that they take a set of courses to meet MIIS requirements—can opt for an accelerated entrance into either the Masters in Teaching Foreign Language or the Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and thereby complete the MA Program at MIIS in one year. Additionally, other relevant MA programs at MIIS include: Translation & Interpretation, Conference Interpretation, Translation & Localization Management.