Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Linguistics is the science of language. It examines all aspects of language use and structure in the world's many languages. Cognitive Science is the interdisciplinary study of the mind, drawing on work in Linguistics, Linguistic Anthropology, Computer Science, Psychology, Philosophy and Education. The Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics as well as a minor in Linguistics and a minor in Cognitive Science.
The linguistics major is designed to provide students with basic understanding of the nature of human language and the principles and methods of contemporary linguistics theory. It integrates the perspectives of the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences as students discover the systematicity and intracacies of language structure and language use. Students learn how to analyze all the various building blocks of language including the sounds (phonolgy), the unites of meaning (morphology), and the word order and constituency (syntax). In the capstone course of the major, Field Methods, students gather data themselves from a little-studied language and analyze the facts in a theoretical framework.
Majors and many minors enjoy the advantages of a small unit within a larger research university; the high level of faculty involvement in undergraduate students' academic progress has led to several joint research projects and presentations at national meetings.