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University of Richmond

Program description


Linguistics at Richmond is an interdisciplinary minor that studies the system of language as a medium of cognition and perception as well as a social institution. Engaging in linguistic analysis enables students to view culture through the lens of language. Language can be studied at multiple levels: phonetics and phonology (sounds), morphology (words), syntax (sentences), and semantics and pragmatics (meaning). Faculty at Richmond investigate each of these levels in courses that take different analytical perspectives: applied linguistics, computational linguistics, generative linguistics, historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and theoretical linguistics. These courses address a variety of topics, including language change, language and cognition, and language and society (gender, class, race/ethnicity).

Admission requirements

Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma (or recognized equivalent), and must have completed a minimum of 16 units of secondary school coursework. Minimum requirements include four units in English, three in college preparatory mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), and at least two each in history, laboratory science, and a second language (two units of the same language, including American Sign Language).

International Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Policy

You can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Having been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for four years.
  • Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the SAT evidence-based reading and writing section.
  • Obtaining a score of 28 or higher on the ACT English section.
  • Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
  • Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The Linguistics Minor

Six units, including:

  • Introductory Linguistics

Five units of elective chosen from the following:

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Field Methods in Ethnography
  • Cultural Theory
  • Sexuality and Gender Across Cultures
  • Classical Elements in the English Language
  • Introduction to Syntax
  • Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Data Structures with Lab
  • Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
  • Modern Grammar
  • Literary Translation
  • Traduction
  • Language, Race, and Ethnicity
  • The Power and Prejudice of Language
  • Say What? Exploring 2nd Language Acquisition
  • Bilingualism in US, Latin America, and Spain
  • The Sounds of Spanish
  • Teaching English as a Second Language through Literature and Film
  • History of the Romance Languages
  • Teaching of a Modern Second Language
  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Statistical Learning
  • Elementary Symbolic Logic
  • Cognitive Science
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psycholinguistics with Lab
  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Interpreting Rhetorical Texts

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is $56,860 per year.

Career opportunities

Studying linguistics can help prepare you for a career in a variety of different fields, including but not limited to: teaching, publishing, national security, international affairs, policy, forensics, medicine, and technology. The Linguistic Society of America describes some of the jobs that students of linguistics pursue, which range from positions in tech companies to education, and many fields in between.

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University of Richmond

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University of Richmond

410 Westhampton Way
23173 Richmond Virginia
United States of America

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