BA in Linguistics & Philosophy

The joint Linguistics & Philosophy major combines a solid foundation in both disciplines with an interdisciplinary focus on understanding the human capacity for language. Through rigorous training in a variety of theoretical, empirical, and analytical approaches, students acquire the knowledge and skills they need for in-depth exploration of fundamental questions related to meaning, intention, and reference.

The small size of the program enables close personal and intellectual contact between students and faculty, and allows student majors to design a course of study that reflects their individual goals and interests. The Linguistics & Philosophy major provides excellent preparation for graduate study in the humanities, social sciences, and computer science or for professional training in law, education, or communications.

Requirements

Thirteen courses are required for the major, with at least six courses each in Linguistics and Philosophy. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Further information on individual courses can be found in the list of Linguistics course descriptions and Philosophy course descriptions and on the Linguistics program website.

Unless otherwise indicated, all required courses are 4 credit hours.

Two foundation courses, one philosophy course and one linguistics course, from the following:

Philosophy

One of the following, to be taken before higher-level philosophy courses:

  • CAS PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy
  • CAS PH 110 Great Philosophers
  • CAS PH 160 Reasoning and Argumentation

Linguistics

  • CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics; to be taken before higher-level linguistics courses

Principal Courses

In addition to the above, also required are 11 principal courses (at least five philosophy courses and five linguistics courses), as outlined below:

Four philosophy courses:

  • CAS PH 310 History of Modern Philosophy
  • CAS PH 360 Symbolic Logic
  • CAS PH 463 Philosophy of Language
  • CAS PH 422 Analytic Philosophy or CAS PH 443 Philosophy of Mind

Four linguistics courses:

  • CAS LX 301 Phonetics & Phonology: Introduction to Sound Systems (previously offered as CAS LX 510)
  • CAS LX 321 Syntax: Introduction to Sentential Structure (previously offered as CAS LX 522)
  • CAS LX 331 Semantics & Pragmatics: Introduction to Linguistic Meaning (previously offered as CAS LX 502)
  • One additional course in formal syntax, semantics, or pragmatics, chosen from:
    • CAS LX 317 “Having” and “Being” across Languages (previously offered as CAS LX 517)
    • CAS LX 327 Focus (previously offered as CAS LX 518)
    • CAS LX 328 Questions (previously offered as CAS LX 519)
    • CAS LX 422 Intermediate Syntax: Modeling Syntactic Knowledge
    • CAS LX 432 Intermediate Semantics: The Grammatical Construction of Meaning (previously offered as CAS LX 503)
    • CAS LX 433 Intermediate Pragmatics: Meaning in Context (previously offered as CAS LX 504)
    • or an appropriate CAS LX 390 or 490 topics course, selected in consultation with the student’s advisor

Three additional linguistics or philosophy courses above the 100 level, including at least one each in linguistics and philosophy. Recommended courses include the following:

Philosophy
  • CAS PH 261 Puzzles and Paradoxes
  • CAS PH 265 Minds & Machines
  • CAS PH 270 Philosophy of Science
  • CAS PH 266 Mind, Brain, and Self
  • CAS PH 421 Frege, Moore, and Russell
  • CAS PH 424 Wittgenstein
  • CAS PH 460 Epistemology
  • CAS PH 461 Mathematical Logic
  • CAS PH 462 Foundations of Mathematics
  • CAS PH 465 Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • CAS PH 468 Philosophical Problems of Logic and Mathematics
  • CAS PH 486 Topics in Knowledge, Language, and Logic
Linguistics
  • CAS LX 342 Language, Race, and Gender (previously offered as CAS LX 320)
  • CAS LX 311 Morphology: Introduction to the Structures and Shapes of Words (previously offered as CAS LX 521)
  • CAS LX 345 Languages in Contact (previously offered as CAS LX 515)
  • CAS LX 349 Bilingualism (previously offered as CAS LX 545)
  • CAS LX 359 Interrupted Acquisition and Language Attrition (previously offered as CAS LX 546)
  • CAS LX 360 Historical and Comparative Linguistics (previously offered as CAS LX 535)
  • CAS LX 365 Variation in English Dialects (previously offered as CAS LX 530)
  • CAS LX 405 Prosody (previously offered as CAS LX 525)
  • CAS LX 423 Advanced Syntax: Issues in Modern Syntactic Theory (previously offered as CAS LX 523)
  • CAS LX 454 Acquisition of Syntax (previously offered as CAS LX 540)