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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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HU 4200 - Linguistics: Scientific Study of Language

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course introduces students to fundamental topics in the study of language. In addition, this course explores several interdisciplinary areas of linguistic research (e.g., the origins of language, language and the brain, language acquisition, language and gender, language and writing, language in society, and language and electronic communication). Students are expected to think about possible implications and applications of the course material to their college studies, personal lives, and future careers. The course assumes no prior knowledge in linguistics. The only requirement for the course is that students have an interest in language and are open to a wide range of ideas on the subject. (prereq: none) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of linguistics as a traditional discipline of language study as well as an interdisciplinary field
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the key concepts and theories of language
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with linguistic terminology as well as tools of linguistic analysis
  • Demonstrate an application of linguistic knowledge to academic, professional, and personal situations through language problem-solving situations

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Basic aspects of language
  • Evolution of language
  • Language in society
  • Language and culture
  • Language and writing
  • Language and the brain
  • Language acquisition
  • Language in electronic and multimedia communication
  • Midterm quiz
  • History of the English language
  • Final quiz

Dr. Nadya Shalamova

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