Program Overview


Program Type: Minor

The linguistics minor is open to any student regardless of major. Courses include training in the deductive techniques that linguists use to determine the structures underlying natural language systems. A minor in linguistics enables students to apply these principles to learning or analyzing any human language, making this area of study broadly relevant to all students engaged in the study of any modern or classical language.

Why Study Linguistics at Oberlin?

Variety of Courses
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Interdisciplinary Courses
Study Away Programs

Sample Courses

  • ANTH 204 - Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology 4 credits
  • CSCI 333 - Natural Language Processing 4 credits
  • ENGL 263 - Black English and Voice: An Introduction to Sociolinguistics 4 credits
  • CMPL 350 - Advanced Translation Workshop: Poetry 4 credits

Linguistics News

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Pandemic Impact Award Helps Zoe Swann ’19 Continue Research on StartReact Effect

September 9, 2020
After graduating from Oberlin College with high honors in neuroscience and a concentration in linguistics, Zoe Swann ’19 immediately embarked on a PhD program at Arizona State University (ASU), where she began writing a literature review, and started developing a dissertation proposal. Then COVID-19 struck. It brought her research to a screeching halt until her lab was granted a $1,500 Pandemic Impact Award to support research expenses.