Academic Year 2022-2023

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  • Department Information


    Thomas Bonfiglio, Coordinator (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
    Taylor Arnold (Mathematics and Computer Science)
    David Giancaspro (Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies)
    Dieter Gunkel (Classical Studies)
    Elizabeth Kissling (Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies)
    Matthew Lowder (Psychology)
    Michael Marsh-Soloway (Global Studio)
    Jon Park (Mathematics and Computer Science)

    Linguistics at Richmond is an interdisciplinary minor that studies the system of language as a medium of cognition and perception as well as a social institution. Engaging in linguistic analysis enables students to view culture through the lens of language. Language can be studied at multiple levels: phonetics and phonology (sounds), morphology (words), syntax (sentences), and semantics and pragmatics (meaning). Faculty at Richmond investigate each of these levels in courses that take different analytical perspectives: applied linguistics, computational linguistics, generative linguistics, historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and theoretical linguistics. These courses address a variety of topics, including language change, language and cognition, and language and society (gender, class, race/ethnicity).

  • Minor

    The Linguistics Minor

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.00.

    Six units, including:

    LING 203 Introductory Linguistics

    Five units of elective chosen from the following:

    ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

    ANTH 211 Field Methods in Ethnography

    ANTH 290 Cultural Theory

    ANTH 300 Sexuality and Gender Across Cultures

    CLSC 201 Classical Elements in the English Language

    CLSC 250 Introduction to Syntax

    CLSC 252 Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics

    CMSC 150 Introduction to Computing

    CMSC 221 Data Structures with Lab

    EDUC 324 Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction

    ENGL 381 Modern Grammar

    ENGL 390 Literary Translation

    FREN 415 Traduction

    FYS 100 Language, Race, and Ethnicity

    FYS 100 The Power and Prejudice of Language

    FYS 100: Say What? Exploring 2nd Language Acquisition

    LAIS 411 Bilingualism in US, Latin America, and Spain

    LAIS 412 The Sounds of Spanish

    LLC 198 Teaching English as a Second Language through Literature and Film

    LLC 362 History of the Romance Languages

    LLC 410 Teaching of a Modern Second Language

    LING 297 Selected Topics

    MATH 289 Introduction to Data Science

    MATH 389 Statistical Learning

    PHIL 251 Elementary Symbolic Logic

    PSYC 333 Cognitive Science

    PSYC 341 Cognitive Neuroscience

    PSYC 343 Psycholinguistics with Lab

    PSYC 449 Misunderstanding Language

    RHCS 103 Rhetorical Theory

    RHCS 104 Interpreting Rhetorical Texts

    Up to three units in a language other than English.

    These cannot all be in the same language. You may apply one unit at the advanced (300 or 400) level, and this may be in addition to any of the courses listed above. You may also apply up to two units in a language other than the language of the advanced level course. These may be at any level.

    Selected topics courses in linguistics are applied to the minor on a case-by-case basis.

    Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the minor. Prerequisites do not count toward the minor unless otherwise noted. Coursework in phonetics, syntax, morphology and other related topics taken during study abroad may fulfill some minor requirements. Study abroad in consultation with advisor is strongly encouraged.


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  • LING 203 Introductory Linguistics

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSSA


    General introduction to the study of language as a medium of cognition and perception and as a social institution. The course focuses on phonetics; word formation; historical linguistics; syntax; semantics; cultural assumptions coded in texts; variation based on region, gender, class, and race/ethnicity; how language determines cultural and social categories; and the relationship between language and thought.


    Completion of Communication Skills II-Language requirement

  • LING 297 Selected Topics

    Units: 1


    Selected topics in linguistics.

  • LING 390 Independent Study in Linguistics

    Units: .25-1


    Topics independently pursued under supervision of faculty member.