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Brooklyn College Undergraduate Linguistics Program
Linguistics Courses


LING offerings:

Area 1 (required course):
LING 2001     Introduction  MW  11:00-12:40                 Nissenbaum        4 cr
LING 2001     Introduction  T 2:15-3:30/TH 1:30-3:30    Ronkos                4 cr

Area 2 (three courses required):
LING 3021     Syntax           MW 2:15-3:55                      Nissenbaum        4 cr
LING 3022     Semantics    T 11-12:15 /TH 11-1:05       Gonsalves           4 cr

Area 3 (two courses required):
LING 3026     Historical Linguistics  T 2:15/TH1:30-3:30   Gonsalves       4 cr


Offerings from other departments:
(check CUNYfirst for times and other details):

Area 3:
ANTH 1300 People and Language – 3 credits
PHIL 3203 Introductory Formal Logic – 3 credits
PHIL 3530 Philosophy of Language – 3 credits
PSYC 3540 Psychology of Language – 3 credits
PSYC 3541 Thought and Language – 3 credits
SPEC 1113 Phonetics – 3 credits
SPEC 2231 Speech and Language Development – 4 credits

Area 4:
ANTH 2320 Texting and Talking – 3 credits
ANTH 3310 Anthropology of Language, Sex, and Gender – 3 credits
CISC 2210 Introduction to Discrete Structures – 3 credits
CISC 3130 Data Structures – 4 credits
ENGL 3196 Orality, Literacy and Technology – 3 credits
PHIL 3422 Philosophical Issues in Cognitive Science – 3 credits
PRLS 4420 English as a New Language for Emergent Bilingual Children – 4 credits
PSYC 2600 Mind, Brain and Behavior – 3 credits
PSYC 3400 Statistical Methods in Psychological Research  – 4 credits
PSYC 3530 Cognitive Psychology – 3  credits
SPEC 1178 Speech-Language & Hearing Science: Anatomy/Physiology – 4 credits
SPEC 1179 Speech-Language & Hearing Sciences: Acoustics – 4 credits


LING 3019 Morphology and 3020 Phonology are offered every fall, and LING 3021 Syntax and 3022 Semantics are offered every spring.

LING 4001W Senior Seminar is only offered once a year, in the fall.

Extra courses from areas 2 and 3 can be applied towards area 4 (but not the other way around).

There is no language requirement for the LING major, but you can apply one (and only one) "advanced" language course to area 4. For the definition of "advanced," see at the bottom of the "Degree Requirements" page (link at top of left column).:

Don't remember what the requirements for the LING major or minor are? Check our "Degree Requirements" page (link at top of left column).

INVENTORY OF LINGUISTICS PROGRAM COURSES (courses are scheduled on a rotating basis; see above for current semester's offerings)

LING 2001 Introduction to Linguistics - 4 credits

Nature and structure of human language in relation to other communication systems. Evolution and acquisition of language; dialects and styles; language and culture; speech and writing. Comparison of traditional and recent theories of language. (Not open to students who are enrolled in or have completed Anthropology 2301.)

LING 3019 Morphology - 4 credits

Analysis of the internal structure of words in natural languages. Examination of the nature of the morpheme and of word-formation processes including inflection, derivation, and compounding. Interface between morphology and other levels of linguistic analysis. This course is the same as Speech 2720.
Prerequisite: Linguistics 2001 or Anthropology 2301.

LING 3020 Phonology - 4 credits

Analysis of the sound systems of natural languages. Phonetics and phonology. Relation of phonology to vocabulary and syntax.
Prerequisite: Linguistics 2001 or Anthropology 2301.

LING 3021 Syntax - 4 credits

Analysis of the sentence structure of natural languages. Sentence and discourse. Relation of syntax to semantics and phonology. Traditional and recent theories of syntactic analysis.
Prerequisite: Linguistics 2001 or Anthropology 2301.

LING 3022 Semantics - 4 credits

Analysis of the meaning of words and sentences. Relation of semantics to vocabulary, syntax, and discourse. Traditional and recent theories of meaning.
Prerequisite: Linguistics 2001 or Anthropology 2301.

LING 3023 Introduction to Natural Language Processing - 4 credits

Introduction to the principles, history, and accomplishments of natural language processing from the perspective of the structure of human language. Overview of the techniques used by natural language processing to deal with the phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics of natural languages. Interaction between ideas in the philosophy of language and developments growing out of natural language processing. Applications of natural language processing to a wide range of real-world contexts. This course is the same as Computer and Information Science 2830 and English 3525.
Prerequisite: Computer and Information Science 1110, 2210 (or corequisite); Linguistics 2001.

LING 3026 Historical Linguistics - 4 credits

Origin and evolution of language. Dialects, languages, language families. Relationships between languages and language families. Processes involved in language classification. Linguistic change. The comparative method and its use in historical reconstruction. This course is the same as Anthropology 3392.
Prerequisite: Linguistics 2001 or Anthropology 2301.

LING 3027 History of the English Language - 4 credits

Origins of the English language and its development to the present. This course is the same as English 3520.
Prerequisite: English 1010.

LING 3028 Applied Linguistics - 4 credits

Introduction to the nature of language learning, language analysis, and language assessment presented through the examination of the teaching of English language learners and language minority students. The linguistic, psychological, sociolinguistic, and pedagogical parameters of human language learning; source materials and approaches for investigating language learning processes. This course is the same as English 3521.
Prerequisite: English 1010.

LING 3029 Sociolinguistics - 4 credits

The study of language as it is used by various social groups. Language and gender, language and culture, language and thought, Creole languages, Black English, linguistic change. This course is the same as Anthropology and Archaeology 3390 and English 3524.
Prerequisite: English 1010; Anthropology 2301 or Linguistics 2001; or permission of the chairperson.

LING 4000 Seminar in Linguistic Analysis - 4 credits

Advanced study in formal linguistics. Topics vary from term to term. Course description may be obtained from the program before registration. Students may take this course for credit twice, but may not repeat topics.
Prerequisite: permission of the Linguistics Program director.

LING 4001W Senior Seminar in Linguistics - 4 credits

Capstone seminar for majors. Topics will vary each semester. Course description may be obtained from the Linguistics Program prior to registration. Final research paper incorporates materials drawn from primary, secondary and/or field data sources and is written in the style of an academic journal article. Writing-intensive course.
Prerequisite: senior standing, twelve or more credits of advanced linguistics courses, or permission of the program director; English 1012.