University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Introduction to the Major (AIM)


Gateway/Entry-Point Courses into Linguistics Major/Minor

Students should begin their study of Linguistics with LING 080, Introduction to Linguistics, which serves as the gateway course and prerequisite for many of the other linguistics classes.

LING 080 - Introduction to Linguistics

Introduction to biological, cognitive, and cultural bases of human communication through language, and to modern linguistic theory. Assignments provide opportunities for critical thinking and writing.

Concentration Areas

In addition to linguistics core courses and electives, students are required to choose among four concentration areas to complete their major: Psycholinguisitics; Sociolinguistics; Language Studies; Formal Linguistics.

Contact Information

Cristina Mazzoni, Chair
Department of Romance Languages and Linguistics
Phone: (802) 656-3196
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