Linguistics (16LIM)


The Department of English offers a minor in Linguistics to N.C. State students, except LWR English majors. The minor is designed to investigate the structure and function of language as a cognitive and behavioral science. Five courses in designated areas of linguistics are required in the minor. Among students likely to be attracted to this minor are those who expect to pursue graduate study in linguistics, those interested in foreign languages or English as a second language, and those interested in communication sciences. No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.


  • Completion of 15 credit hours of designated courses, all at the 200 level or above.
  • At least 3 courses must be above the 200 level.
  • Must also complete the study of a foreign language through the 201 level.
  • Must have an overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor and may count no course lower than a ‘C-‘.
  • At least 9 hours must be taken in residency at NC State.
  • Transfer credits must be evaluated by Dr. Reaser, regardless of their disposition by any other office of the University.
  • A maximum of TWO (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.

Required Courses

1 course from each Area needs to be completed:

Area I

  • ENG 210 Introduction to Language and Linguistics
  • ENG 524 Introduction to Linguistics

Area II

  • ENG 298 Special Projects in English (where relevant)
  • ENG 324 Modern English Syntax
  • ENG 325 Spoken and Written Traditions of American English Dialects
  • ENG 32 History of English
  • ENG 327 Langue and Gender
  • ENG 328 Language and Writing
  • FLS 333 The Sounds of Spanish

Area III

  • ANT 254 Language and Culture
  • COM 315 Phonetics
  • COM 335 Language Development
  • FL 424/524 Linguistics for ESL Professionals
  • PHI 331 Philosophy of Language
  • PHI 425 Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • SOC 207 Sociology of Language [Course currently going through approval process]

Area IV

  • ENG 491 Honors Seminar (where relevant)
  • ENG 494 Special Topics in Linguistics
  • ENG 498 Special Topics in English (where relevant)
  • ENG 523 Language Variation Research Seminar
  • ENG 525 Variety in Language
  • ENG 527 Critical Discourse Analysis
  • ENG 528 Sociophonetics
  • ENG 532 Narrative Analysis
  • ENG 533 Bilingualism and Language Contact
  • ENG 534 Quantitative Analysis in Sociolinguistics
  • E G 536 Research Methods in Phonology
  • ENG 584 Studies in Linguistics
  • ENG 722 Linguistics and Literacy
  • FL 508 Second Language Acquisition Research: Interlanguage Development
  • FLF 502 Variety in Language: French
  • FLF 503 Issues in the Acquisition of L1 and L2 French
  • FLS 402 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • FLS 405 Spanish-English Comparative Grammar
  • FLS 502 Linguistic Structure of Spanish
  • FLS 503 Spanish Applied Linguistics
  • FLS 504 Spanish Language Change and Variation
  • FLS 509 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
  • FLS 515 History of Spanish
  • One additional course from Area II


Elective Courses



Students may declare their intention to complete the linguistics minor should consult with Dr. Jeffrey Reaser as listed below.


Dr. Reaser will certify the minor prior to graduation. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.

Contact Person

Dr. Jeffrey Reaser
285 Tompkins Hall
SIS Code:  16LIM