Learning Goals for Linguistics
Majors and Minors
Students will be able to reason about language scientifically; demonstrate knowledge of cross-linguistic
variability and universal patterns in language; evaluate a range of views on
the nature, origin, and/or structure of language; and identify what someone
knows when they know a language.
Majors and minors who complete the core courses in linguistics will demonstrate technical mastery
over the tools of linguistic analysis in syntax, phonology, semantics, and
pragmatics and apply linguistic theory in these areas. They will be able to
investigate and analyze linguistic data; demonstrate strong problem-solving
skills; extend their understanding of theoretical linguistics into other
domains of linguistic research; apply the techniques of linguistics to new
topics; and access current research in the field.