Minor in Linguistics

The Department of English and Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offer a minor in Linguistics to N.C. State students, except LWR English majors. The minor is designed to investigate the structure and function of language as a cognitive and behavioral science. Five courses in designated areas of linguistics are required in the minor. Among students likely to be attracted to this minor are those who expect to pursue graduate study in linguistics, those interested in foreign languages or English as a second language, and those interested in communication sciences.

Students Who Minor in Linguistics Will

Study the formal structure of language organization on phonological, syntactic, semantic, and discourse levels.
Examine modes of linguistic argumentation as a type of scientific inquiry.
Understand the systematic variation of language in its social context.
Explore the applications of linguistic knowledge.


  • Completion of 15 credit hours of designated courses, all at the 200 level or above.
  • At least 3 courses must be above the 200 level.
  • Must also complete the study of a foreign language through the 202 level.
  • Must have an overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor and may count no course lower than a 'C-'.
  • At least 9 hours must be taken in residency at NC State.
  • Transfer credits must be evaluated by Dr. Reaser, regardless of their disposition by any other office of the University.
  • A maximum of two courses may count for both a student's major and minor.

Required Courses

1 course from each Area needs to be completed:

Area I

  • ENG 210 Introduction to Language and Linguistics
  • ENG 524 Introduction to Linguistics

Area II

  • ENG 324 Modern English
  • ENG 325 Spoken and Written Traditions of American English Dialects

Area III

  • COM 315 Phonetics
  • COM 335 Speech and Language Development

Area IV

  • ANT 254 Language and Culture
  • ENG 326 History of English
  • ENG 327 Language and Gender
  • ENG 491 Honors Seminar (where relevant)
  • ENG 494 Special Topics in Linguistics
  • ENG 525 Variety in Language

Area V

  • PHI 331 Philosophy of Language
  • PHI 425 Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • CSC 523 Computational Linguistics
  • ENG 523 Language Variation Research Seminar
  • ENG 527 Critical Discourse Analysis
  • ENG 528 Language Change Research Seminar
  • ENG 532 Narrative Analysis
  • An additional course from Areas 3 or 4


Students may declare their intention to complete the linguistics minor by consulting with Dr. Jeffrey Reaser as listed below.


Dr. Jeffrey Reaser will certify the minor prior to graduation. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student's final semester at NC State.


Dr. Jeffrey Reaser
284 Tompkins Hall