Linguistics Minor

West Chester University

Program Coordinator:
Israel Sánz-Sánchez
Main Hall 113
isanzsanch@wcupa.edu


Course Descriptions and Frequency

Note: Courses noted as inactive are not taught any more as part of the regular curriculum, although it might be possible to get instruction in that subject area as part of an individual study or individualized instruction. Students are encouraged to contact specific instructors for details.

NAME OF COURSE FREQUENCY (how often is this course taught?) / STATUS
ANT/LIN 380: Language and Culture Description: Language as an aspect of culture, using linguistic-perceptual-cognitive categories; social and psychological aspects of language. PREREQ: LIN 230 or LIN 327, or permission of instructor.
Frequency / status: Not taught since Fall 1999.
COM/LIN 415: Language, Thought and Behavior Description: This course is designed to help students understand the way language functions in the communication process. To accomplish this purpose, various language systems will be examined, and one will be selected for in-depth analysis. PREREQ: COM 219, 224; and SPK 208. Writing emphasis course.
Frequency / status: Taught at least once a year.
COM307: Nonverbal Communication Description: A study of the verbal and sensory messages we are constantly receiving. Body language and the uses of space, time, touch, objects, and color inherent in the sensory messages we receive. PREREQ: COM 219, 224; and SPK 208.
Frequency / status: Usually taught twice a year, sometimes also in the summer.
COM450: Health Communication Description: This course explores communication in health care settings. Topics covered include the changing perceptions of medical encounters, the language of illness and health, the roles of patients and caregivers, and health communication in historical, cultural, organizational, technological, and medical contexts. PREREQ: COM 219, 224; and SPK 208.
Frequency / status: Taught at least once a year.
CSC220: Foundations of Computer Science Description: Topics include regular and context free grammars and languages, computational logic, finite state machines, and parsing. PREREQ: MAT 151 and 161.
Frequency / status: Taught at least once a year, sometimes twice.
CSC345: Programming Language Concepts and Paradigms Description: An examination of the conceptual underpinning of programming languages and of the paradigms into which they fall. Topics will be drawn from those comprising the field of programming language such as abstraction, bindings, concurrency, design, encapsulation, history, representation, storage, and types. Programming projects will focus on languages within the functional, declarative, and object-oriented paradigms - such as Common Lisp, ML, Prolog, CLOS - rather than the familiar imperative paradigm. PREREQ: CSC 220 and 241.
Frequency / status: Taught once a year.
CSC481: Artificial Intelligence Description: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is concerned with the replication or simulation on a machine of the complex behaviors associated with intelligence. Topics will be drawn from any of those comprising the field of AI such as agent architectures, automatic truth maintenance, constraint satisfaction, expert systems, fuzzy logic, games, genetic algorithms, knowledge representation, machine learning, neural networks and connectionism, natural language processing, planning, reasoning, robotics, search, theorem proving, and vision. Projects requiring coding will focus on an AI language such as Common Lisp or Prolog. PREREQ: CSC 220 and 241.
Frequency / status: Taught once a year.
ENG/LIN 230: Intro to Linguistics Description: Basic concepts of language description, classification, change, reconstruction, dialectology, and sociolinguistics. Prerequisite for all other linguistics courses.
Frequency / status: Taught every semester
ENG330: English Phonology Description: Phonemics and morphophonemics in English. Writing systems and phonemic-graphemic relationships in English. Historical development of English sounds. PREREQ: ENG 230.
Frequency / status: Taught once a year until summer 2007.
ENG331: Structure of Modern English Description: A detailed analysis of the modern descriptive approach to the study of English grammar and how it compares with the traditional approach. PREREQ: ENG 230.
Frequency / status: Taught fall, spring and summer every year.
ENG335: History of the English Language Description: Review of the influences on the development of the English language. PREREQ: ENG 230.
Frequency / status: Not taught since Spring 2001.
ENG339: History and Dialects of American English Description: Development of the English language in America since colonial settlement. American and British English. Pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar of the regional and social dialects of American English. PREREQ: ENG 230.
Frequency / status: Usually taught once a year (mostly in the Fall).
ENG340: Sociolinguistic Aspects of English Description: The study of language in its social context; the ethnography of communication; language and society, social classes, ethnic groups, politics, sex, and education. PREREQ: ENG 230.
Frequency / status: Taught occasionally (last time: Spring 2009)
ENG430: Language Seminar Description: Studies in English language and linguistics. PREREQ: ENG 230 and at least junior standing.
This course may be taken again for credit.
Frequency / status: Taught very occasionally (last time: Spring 2009)
FRE302: Advanced French Phonetics Description: Intensive practice in spoken French to develop skills in pronunciation and in listening comprehension. Introduction to French phonetics.
Frequency / status: Taught every fall
GER365: German Phonetics Frequency / status: Inactive
LAN305: Introduction to Bilingual/Bicultural Education Frequency / status: Inactive
LAN327: Introduction to Applied Linguistics for Language Majors Description: LAN 327 Introduction to Linguistics for Language Majors (3) An introduction to applied linguistics structured to meet the needs of language majors and future world language teachers. Examples are drawn from the language(s) expertise of the students.
Frequency / status: Taught occasionally
LAN382: Teaching English Language Learners K-12 Description: Teaching English Language Learners (ELL's) PK-12 (3) A study of issues and the application of techniques, strategies, and materials for meeting the needs of English Language Learners (ELL's) in inclusive classrooms. Emphases include sociocultural issues in education contexts, TESOL through the content area, linguistics, second language acquisition, the integration and application of the PA English Language Proficiency Standards PK-12 (ELPS), and current trends in second language teaching, learning, and assessment. Includes a field component. Crosslisted as ENG 382.
Frequency / status: Taught fall, spring and summer
LAN401: Teaching Techniques of Second Language... Description: LAN 401 Teaching of modern languages: K-12 (3) Problems, methods, and materials of second language acquisition and teaching across levels. Observation and participation in K-12 classrooms. PREREQ: Completion of language courses through the advanced level and LIN 230.
Frequency / status: Taught every semester, some summers
LAN425: Internship in Languages Description: LAN 425 Internship in Modern Languages (3-12) A structured and supervised experience for students wishing to enhance their language study directly in the workplace. Credits earned are based on time spent on the job. For approval, students must apply to the department chair or language section coordinator.
Frequency / status: Taught by request
LIN211: Language Communities in the United States and Canada Description: Exploration and analysis of how aspects of language usage (dialect, "accent," bilingualism) relate to language-based discrimination in the U.S. and Canada generally. Emphasis is on bias, discrimination, and profiling based on race, class, gender, religious affiliation, and ethnicity. Examples will be drawn from mainstream media, including popular film and television. Diverse communities course
Frequency / status: Taught once per year, sometimes twice
LIN250: Psycholinguistics Frequency / status: Inactive
LIN411: Seminar in Linguistics Description: Specialized studies in linguistics. Topics announced annually. PREREQ: LIN 230 or LIN 372, or at least junior standing.
This course may be taken again for credit.
Frequency / status: Last time taught: Fall 2006
LIN412: Seminar in Linguistics Description: Specialized studies in linguistics. Topics announced annually. PREREQ: LIN 230 or LIN 372, or at least junior standing.
This course may be taken again for credit.
Frequency / status: Not taught since Spring 1990
LIT/ENG328: Old English Language and Literature Frequency / status: Inactive
LIT/ENG330: Middle English Language and Literature Frequency / status: Inactive
PHI/LIN330: Introduction to Meaning Description: Discussion of the analysis of meaning given by various disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, linguistics, communication studies, and the arts. Approved interdisciplinary course. Writing emphasis course.
Frequency / status: Taught every year at least once (usually in the spring)
PHI/LIN360: Philosophy of Language Frequency / status: Inactive
PHI190: Logic Description: Introduction to deductive and inductive logic, with emphasis on classical syllogistic and symbolic logic. Topics include arguments, categorical propositions and classes, immediate inferences, Venn diagrams, rules of syllogism, propositional functions, truth tables, and predicate logic.
Frequency / status: Taught every semester (sometimes also in the summer)
PHI436: Symbolic Logic Description: Principles and methods of symbolic logic. Practice in determining validity of sentential and quantificational arguments. The algebra of classes. PREREQ: PHI 190 or permission of the instructor.
Frequency / status: Taught every two years
RUS365: Russian Phonetics Frequency / status: Inactive
SPA340: Study of Bilingualism: An Introduction Description: An introduction to bilingualism, mainly in the US, in Latin America, and Spain. Different topics will be studied, such as cognitive aspects (for example the linguistic development of bilingual speakers, and the way the lexicon is stored and accessed by bilinguals), linguistic aspects (such as the case of pidgin and creole languages, and the definition of ‘Spanglish’), and sociopolitical aspects (such as the situation of diglossia, and the bilingual education - submersion vs. immersion, etc.-, linguistic loyalty, linguistic politics and planning, and attitudes toward the bilingualism). The course will be taught in Spanish.
Frequency / status: Taught occasionally (first time: Summer session 1, 2011) - possibly more often in the future
SPA353: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics Description: An introduction to the study of the human language. It covers different aspects of languages, such as how their sounds are structured, how words are organized and their meanings, how languages are acquired and how they are used in society, etc. This course is conducted entirely in Spanish, and it will refer to Spanish examples constantly although examples from other languages and their speakers will also be addressed.
Frequency / status: Taught occasionally (first time: Fall 2011) - possibly more often in the future
SPA365: Spanish Phonetics Description: Description and practice in the sounds of the Spanish language and its major dialectical differences. Comparative analysis with English. PREREQ: LIN 230 or LAN 327 and SPA 302.
Frequency / status: Taught regularly (at least once a year)
SPA370: History of the Spanish Language Description: An overview of the external and internal history of Spanish in its evolution from Latin to the present day. Attention given to phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon, as well as to the historical events that have shaped the expansion of Spanish and its dialectal diversity worldwide. This course is taught in Spanish. PREREQ: A course in linguistics, preferably LIN230, SPA353 or SPA365.
Frequency / status: Taught occasionally (first time: Spring 2011) - possibly more often in the future
SPP106: Anatomy of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms Description: A study of embryology, normal development, neurology, and physiology of anatomical structures of the speech and hearing mechanisms. PREREQ: SPP 101. Writing emphasis course.
Frequency / status: Taught each spring
SPP203: Speech and Hearing Science Description: This course presents students with the fundamental knowledge of acoustics related to speech production and speech perception. It also provides an opportunity for students to engage in laboratory experiences related to acoustic and psychoacoustic measurement. PREREQ: SPP 101 or linguistics minor.
Frequency / status: Taught each fall semester
SPP204: Speech and Language Development Description: Examination of normal communication development: biological, cognitive, social, and ecological bases of language. Developmental milestones from prelinguistic communication to oral language and literacy. Normal variations in development associated with cultural diversity and bilingualism. PREREQ: LIN 230, SPP 101. Writing emphasis course.
Frequency / status: Taught each spring and second summer semester.
SPP207: Introduction to Phonetics Description: Introduction to Phonetics (3) Introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet and its use in transcribing normal and disordered speech. Emphasis is placed on broad and narrow transcription skills. PREREQ: SPP 101 or linguistics minor.
Frequency / status: Taught each fall semester
SPP 240: Development & Disorders of Language Description: Development and Disorders of Language (3) An examination of normal language development and its psycholinguistic, neurological, and social dimensions. Special education considerations for children with language disorders. Suitable for non-majors.
Frequency / status: Taught each fall and spring semester