Joint major in Linguistics & Philosophy
Students graduating with a major in Linguistics & Philosophy will be able to demonstrate:
- Some mastery of the history and development of analytic philosophy and the concepts of truth, reference, objectivity, and meaning as they have figured in philosophy in the last century or so.
- An understanding of fundamental concepts in the philosophy of language and logic.
- Foundational knowledge in the core areas of linguistic theory, including phonetics, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, with additional emphasis on one of the latter three subfields, and an understanding of the fundamental questions that drive modern linguistic research in these subfields.
- The ability to identify and describe with precision the empirical patterns found in sets of language data, and to construct well-reasoned linguistic analyses by formulating, testing, and refining hypotheses about these patterns.
- Carol Neidle, Professor and Linguistics Coordinator
- Peter Alrenga, Associate Professor
- Jonathan Barnes, Associate Professor
- Charles Chang, Assistant Professor
- Paul Hagstrom, Associate Professor
- Neil Myler, Assistant Professor
The joint major in Linguistics & Philosophy provides a solid foundation in both disciplines and allows students to explore theoretical issues and basic philosophical questions raised in connection with discussions of meaning, intention, and reference.
The academic program consists of 2 foundation courses (one each in Linguistics and Philosophy) plus 11 principal courses (at least 5 within each concentration).
Two foundation courses
Philosophy introduction, one of:
CAS PH 100 Intro to Philosophy
CAS PH 110 Great Philosophers
CAS PH 160 Reasoning and Argumentation
CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics
Four additional Philosophy courses
CAS PH 310 History of Modern Philosophy
CAS PH 360 Symbolic Logic
CAS PH 422 Analytic Philosophy or CAS PH 443 Philosophy of Mind
CAS PH 463 Philosophy of Language
Four additional Linguistics courses
CAS LX 502 Semantics
CAS LX 510 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
CAS LX 522 Syntax I
One additional course in formal syntax, semantics, or pragmatics, to be selected from the following (or an appropriate Topics course, chosen in consultation with the student's advisor):
- CAS LX 518 Focus
- CAS LX 519 Questions
Three additional electives
Three additional Linguistics and Philosophy courses above the 100-level, including at least one in Linguistics and one in Philosophy. Recommended courses include:
CAS PH 261 Puzzles and Paradoxes
CAS PH 265 Minds & Machines
CAS PH 266 Mind, Brain and Self
CAS PH 270 Philosophy of Science
CAS PH 421 Frege, Moore and Russell
CAS PH 424 Wittgenstein
CAS PH 460 Epistemology
CAS PH 461 Computability and Logic
CAS PH 462 Foundations of Math
CAS PH 465 Philosophy of Cognitive Science
CAS PH 467 Mathematical Logic
CAS PH 468 Logic and Mathematics
CAS PH 486 Topics in Knowledge, Language, and Logic
CAS LX 235 Language in the Contemporary World: Technology, Society, and the Law
CAS LX 240 Great Linguistics
CAS LX 245 Language and Mind
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