Learning Goals

Goals for Student Learning in the Linguistics Major

  • Develop appreciation of general properties of language, including
    • systematicity of language
    • how language can spread geographically; how languages change over time
    • common cross-linguistic patterns; language universals
    • scientific importance of all languages/dialects
    • properties of signed as well as spoken languages
    • understanding the potential effects of social factors
    • value of describing language as a formal system
  • Learn ways to study language in a scientific way
    • gathering data and making observations
    • hypothesis formation and testing
    • making predictions about possible vs. impossible patterns
    • empirical advantages of working with large amounts of data
  • Develop competence in linguistic analysis, including
    • analysis of sound, word, and sentence structures of individual languages
    • modelling language as a formal system
  • Improve general academic skills
    • writing skills
    • reasoning skills
    • ability to focus on/pinpoint a problem

Ways in which undergraduate learning is regularly assessed

  • Course-specific assessment
    • Oral and/or written work by students
    • Student self-evaluations of learning
    • Peer evaluations of student work
  • Periodic surveys of majors
  • Honors theses (Ling majors), senior project (Roling majors)