Minor in Linguistics

See also NCSU's advising page for the Undergraduate 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:

  1. Study the formal structure of language organization on phonological, syntactic, semantic, and discourse levels.
  2. Examine modes of linguistic argumentation as a type of scientific inquiry.
  3. Understand the systematic variation of language in its social context.
  4. 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. Wolfram or Dr. Thomas, regardless of their disposition by any other office of the University.
  • Courses for the linguistics minor must be exclusive of all courses counting toward the major.

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

Undergraduate Minor Requirement Planning

Download a planning sheet to help keep track of your progress in completing the requirements for the Minor in Linguistics:

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Admissions and Certification of Minor

Admissions: Students may declare their intention to complete the linguistics minor by consulting with Dr. Walt Wolfram as listed below.

Certification: Dr. Walt Wolfram 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. Walt Wolfram
Director of Linguistics Program

Dr. Sharon Setzer
Associate Head/Director of Undergraduate Studies and Coordinator of Advising
243 Tompkins
ssetzer at unity dot ncsu dot edu