Honors Major in Linguistics

Honors Advisor

Andrea Sims, sims.120@osu.edu
314 Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Ave.

Office Hours: TBA

Honors students majoring in linguistics are expected to follow a course of study which is more challenging than the regular major, including a more specific analytic prerequisite (higher level logic or statistics), a 33 credit-hour requirement, an area-depth requirement consisting of a sequence of two (typically) upper-level courses in one subject area, and a required research seminar.

(At least 33 credits, excluding prerequisites)

Coursework

A. Prerequisite Course Work (9 credits)

-- These courses do not count toward the minimum number of hours required in the major.
-- Only the introductory course must be completed before starting the major.

1. Introductory course in linguistics: (3 credits)

  • Linguistics (H)2000 or 5000

2. Language requirement (one of the following): (3 credits)

  • Advanced foreign language course beyond 1103 (preferably at the 2000 level and taught in the foreign language)
  • Linguistics 4550, 5551, or 5552 (Field Methods) 
  • This requirement may also be satisfied by 3 credit hours at any level in a second not closely related language, by permission.

3. Analytic prerequisite (one of the following):(3 credits)

  • Linguistics 2001, (H)2051, H2052, or 5001
  • Philosophy 2500
  • Mathematics 2366
  • Statistics 1350 or 1450
  • Psychology 2220

B. Major Core Courses (18 credits)

1. Required courses

-- These courses are required  and may be taken in any order.
-- It is advised that you take at least one of these courses in your first or second year.

  • Phonetics: Linguistics 4100
  • Syntax: Linguistics 4200
  • Phonology: Linguistics 4300
  • Linguistic Meaning: Linguistics 4400

2. Two courses from the following list:

-- Choose one course each from two different areas.

  • Historical Linguistics: Linguistics 3901 or 5901
  • Sociolinguistics: Linguistics 3601, (H)3602, 3603, or 5601
  • Psycholinguistics: Linguistics (H)3701 or 5701
  • Field Methods: Linguistics 4550 or 5551 (may not be used concurrently to satisfy the language prerequisite)

C. Linguistics 4780 Undergraduate Research Seminar in Linguistics (3 credits)

-- This course should be completed at least one year before graduation.
-- Prerequisite: at least 1 4000-level course
 

D. Two-course Sequence, from among the following (6 credits)

-- Other sequences can be selected with approval from the linguistics honors advisor.
-- These courses cannot be used to also satisfy a linguistics elective course.

  • Computational Linguistics: Linguistics 5801, 5802
  • Sociolinguistics: Linguistics 5601, 5602
  • Field Methods: Linguistics 4550, 5551 or 5552
  • Historical Linguistics: 3901, 5901
  • Phonetics: Linguistics 5101, 5102
  • Phonology: Linguistics 5301, 5302
  • Psycholinguistics: Linguistics (H)3701, 5701 or 5702
  • Semantics: Linguistics 5401, 5402
  • Syntax: Linguistics 5201, 5202

E. Two elective courses not used to satisfy requirements a-d (6 credits)

-- Up to 3 credit hours of independent study directed towards a coherent topic, supervised by a faculty member, may be used towards fulfilling the elective requirement. 
The proposed research and faculty supervisor must be approved in advance with the honors advisor.

  • Language & Formal Reasoning: 2001
  • Analyzing the Sounds of Language: (H)2051
  • Theories of Linguistics: H2052
  • Language, Sex and Gender in American Culture: (H)2367.01
  • Language and Advertising: 3367.02
  • Words and Meaning: 3401
  • Introduction to American Indigenous Languages: 3501
  • Constructed Languages: 3502
  • Language, Race & Ethnicity in the U.S.: 3601
  • Languages and Social Identity in the U.S.: (H)3602
  • Languages across Cultures: 3603
  • Language and the Mind: (H)3701
  • Codes and Code-Breaking: 3801
  • Language and Computers: (H)3802
  • Language Evolution and Language Change: 3901
  • Morphology: 4350, 5351
  • Field Methods: 4550, 5551, 5552
  • Language Endangerment and Language Death: 4597.01
  • Semantics: 5001, 5401, 5402
  • Technical Tools: 5050
  • Quantitative Methods: 5051
  • Phonetics: 5101, 5102
  • Syntax: 5201, 5202
  • Phonology: 5301, 5302
  • Sociolinguistics: 5601, 5602, 5603, 5651
  • Cognitive Science: 5612, 5891
  • Informal Science Outreach: 5700
  • Psycholinguistics: 5701, 5702
  • Computational Linguistics: 5801, 5802
  • Historical Linguistics: 5901

Some possible configurations of elective linguistics courses keyed to related areas:

  • Anthropological Linguistics: 2367.01, 3602 or 3603, 4550 or 5551 or 5552, 5601
  • Computational Linguistics: 5801, 5802
  • Computer and Information Science: 5001, 5612, 5801, 5802
  • Education: 3602, 3701, 5701
  • Electrical Engineering: 4100, 5101, 5102; or 5001, 5801, 5802
  • Foreign Language: 5101, 5102; or 5201, 5202; or 5301, 5302; 5901
  • Philosophy: 5001, 5401, 5402, 5612
  • Political Science: 2367.01, 3602 or 3603, 5601
  • Psychology: 3701, 5612, 5701
  • Sociology: 2367.01, 3602 or 3603, 5601
  • Speech and Hearing Science: 3701, 5101, 5102, 5701
  • Women's Studies: 2367.01, 3602 or 3603, 5601, 5602
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