Linguistics is the study of human language. There are many sub-fields of Linguistics, but the subfields with which most people are familiar are Anthropological Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Neurolinguistics, Phonetics, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, and Translation Studies. With these subfields in mind, it is important to study Linguistics to better understand how people learn languages, how we process language in the brain, and how languages reflect culture and gender.
This 16-credit-hour certificate will provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to teach English to speakers of other languages in both domestic and international contexts.
Linguistic classes count toward the World Languages/Diversity requirement (LNG 205), are approved Humanities electives for AAS and AGS degrees (LNG105), and count towards the Illinois State Board of Education requirement for ESL approval (LNG 105, LNG 205, and LNG 220).