Studying Linguistics

Students interested in studying linguistics—the history, development, structure, processing, philosophy and theory of language—can choose from a variety of courses, majors, minors, and concentrations. In addition, there are opportunities for students to be involved in faculty research or to undertake their own projects.

Language- and linguistics-related courses that Oberlin offers on a regular basis include the following:

  • ANTH 202 - Fundamentals of Linguistics
  • ANTH 204 - Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
  • ANTH 243 - Language and the Body: Embodied Communication in Cross-cultural Perspective
  • ANTH 306 - Literacies in Social Context
  • ANTH 376 - Language and Prehistory
  • ANTH 402 - The Native Languages of the Americas
  • CSCI 333 - Natural Language Processing
  • EDUA 101 - Language Pedagogy: The Theory & Practice of Teaching and Learning Languages
  • ENGL 239 - History and Structure of the English Language
  • LING 500 - Linguistics Portfolio
  • LING 501 - Linguistics Capstone
  • NSCI 360 - Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PHIL 220 - Philosophy of Language
  • PSYC 219 - Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 450 - Language and Thought
  • PSYC 550 - Supervised Research in Psycholinguistics

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Students interested in languages and linguistics may consider pursuing any of the majors offered by the language programs (English, French and Italian, East Asian Studies, German, Classics, Russian, Hispanic Studies) as well as any, or a combination, of the following majors, minors, and concentrations (click on links for details):

  • Jennifer Bryan, English. Relevant areas of interest: Middle English
  • Kim Faber, Hispanic Studies, and Education
  • Dorit Ganson, Philosophy
  • Jason Haugen, Anthropology. Relevant areas of interest: Native American languages, linguistic theory, historical linguistics, language endangerment and revitalization; the US Southwest, Mexico
  • Erika Hoffman-Dilloway, Anthropology. Relevant areas of interest: sign languages, writing systems, Nepal, Germany, semiotics
  • Paul Thibodeau, Psychology

Many of the faculty listed above are engaged in linguistics-related research projects (see research interests listed above). Contact them individually to find out about undergraduate research opportunities.