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Linguistics course catalog

2024-25 catalog


JEFFREY RENAUD, Associate Professor (World Languages, Spanish)
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Iowa

Program Overview

Augustana’s 20-credit linguistics minor engages students in the scientific study of language. The interdepartmental structure of the minor allows students to approach language and communication from different perspectives.

Linguistics students are encouraged to complement the minor with language study (World Languages and Classics) and to participate in study abroad opportunities offered by International and Off-Campus Programs.


Linguistics minors take three required courses (12 credits) and at least eight (8) credits of electives for 20 total credits.

Required courses (12 credits)

LING-100 Linguistics or SPAN-330 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
CSD-215 Phonetics or SPAN-331 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
PHIL-314 (PH) Philosophy of Language

Electives (at least 8 credits)

Students must select courses from different subgroups (1) through (5) for each elective to ensure as much breadth as possible; there is no restriction on the number of credits from group (6) Linguistics. Note: The following course lists are not exhaustive, and changes may occur without notice. Please direct questions to the Linguistics coordinator.

(1) Etymology and writing systems
CLAS-290 Greek and Latin Roots for Science (2 credits)
CLAS-334 Mysterious Manuscripts and Secret Knowledge

(2) Communication and society
COMM-220 (PS, D) Communication and Social Relationships
COMM-260 (PH, G) Communication and Culture

(3) Language acquisition and development
CSD-100 (PS) Human Communication and its Disorders
CSD-220 Speech and Language Development

(4) Translation and crosslinguistic analysis
FREN-335 Advanced Grammar/Translation
SWED-212 Swedish Translation

(5) Logic and the mind
PHIL-300 (Q) Formal Logic
PHIL-310 (PH) Philosophy of Mind

(6) Linguistics
LING-399 Linguistics Directed Study (1 or 2 credits)
LING-400 Linguistics Independent Study (1 or 2 credits)

For course descriptions, see the catalog pages for the corresponding departments and programs.

Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Some departments may have additional grade requirements for the courses offered within their department. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors.

Courses (LING)