Students can profitably combine the linguistics minor with a major in one of the modern languages, classics, anthropology, psychology or speech, language and hearing sciences, to name just a few possibilities.

One good reason to take the linguistics minor is that by learning to analyze language and evaluate claims about language, students can improve the quality of their writing and argumentation in their major discipline.


Declaration of a minor in linguistics is open to any student enrolled at CU Boulder, regardless of college or school.

Students minoring in linguistics must complete a total of 18 credit hours in linguistics, 9 of which must be at the upper-division level. Students must maintain an overall and linguistics GPA of at least 2.00 (C), and complete all LING courses with a C- or better.

Required Courses and Credits

Required Courses
LING 2000Introduction to Linguistics3
Select two of the following:6
Language Sound Structures
Morphology and Syntax
Take the remaining one of the three courses listed above and/or select from the following electives to bring the total credit hours to 18: 19
Language in U.S. Society
The Study of Words
Languages of the World
Programming for Linguistics
Language, Gender and Sexuality
Race, Ethnicity, and Language
Cognitive Science
Figurative Language
American Indigenous Languages in their Social and Cultural Context
World Language Policies
Talk at Work: Language Use in Institutional Contexts
Special Topics in Linguistics
Japanese Sociolinguistics
Perspectives on Language
Language and Mind
Interdisciplinary Research Methods in Child Language Acquisition
Introduction to Formal Syntax
Language Development
Pedagogical Grammar for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Teaching Second Language (L2) Oral Skills and Communication
TESOL and Second Language Acquisition: Principles and Practices
Machine Learning and Linguistics
Teaching Language Skills: Focus on Social Justice
Conversation Analysis and Interactional Linguistics
Language and Culture
Honors Thesis
TESOL Practicum
Total Credit Hours18