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An LAS cross-disciplinary program, the Linguistics Program is housed in the Department of English. The program offers a major and a minor for undergraduate students wanting to learn about theory and practice in the study of language. Linguistics is the study of how human languages are structured and used. This may involve discovering patterns for how words are created, how sounds are combined to create meanings, how sentences are formed, and how speakers use language to communicate meaning. Students explore topics including the sounds and grammar of language, languages of the world, computational analysis of language, and language teaching.

  • Our B.A. in Linguistics is for undergraduate students.
  • Our Undergraduate Minor in Linguistics is for undergraduate students.
  • Our Undergraduate Minor in TESL is for undergraduate students wanting to learn about teaching English as a second language to add to their credentials for future employment.
  • Our K-12 ESL endorsement program is for students who have or are earning certification in another area. It allows students to teach the growing number of English learners in our public schools.

For information, prospective and current undergraduate students can visit our advising page, or contact the Undergraduate Linguistics Adviser, Greta Muller Levis for more information. For more Linguistics Program news and updates, visit the Iowa State University Linguistics Program on Facebook and Twitter.

2016 Linguistics Challenge

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