May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Linguistics Minor

Linguistics is the science of language. It is important because we use language every single day. We hear sounds. We form words and sentences. We meet people who speak differently from us. We notice differences in texts that were written over 100 years ago. Remarkably, we aren’t very aware of what we must know in order to carry out these tasks and to perceive these differences! Linguistics is the field of study that fills that gap: the linguistics minor at APSU explores how sounds, words, and sentences work, how they change over time, and how they are used in society. The minor can open you up to the most important world you never knew existed! Being aware of linguistics can support a diverse range of future careers from teacher and speech pathologist to editor and lawyer. Linguistic awareness can help you be a stronger writer and reader. Linguists are busy at work on the teams that help Alexa, Siri, and Google interact with us. Linguists have even been called on to help solve crimes and create the constructed languages you may know from Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings.