Linguistics is the scientific study of language at every level, from sounds and gestures on up to words, sentences, and meaning. Linguists employ scientific methods to investigate the sounds, structures, meanings, uses, and histories of all languages.

The interdisciplinary minor is designed to introduce students to key linguistic concepts and is especially suited for students in English, modern languages, anthropology, computer science, psychology, communication, and for anyone interested in the nature of language.

Linguistics overlaps with many areas of study, and so a Linguistics minor can be useful for students majoring in:

  • Anthropology
  • Computer science
  • Communication
  • English
  • History
  • Human Communication
  • Humanities and Cultural Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International and Global Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Religion and Cultural Studies
  • Spanish
  • Writing and Rhetoric
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More Information

For more information about this minor and how it might fit into your coursework, contact one of the program faculty below. For more information about the field of linguistics, including information about linguistics as a profession, see the Linguistic Society of America.


Consult the UCF Undergraduate Catalog for official program requirements.

Required for the Minor (9 Credit Hours)

  • LIN 3010 – Principles of Linguistics
  • LIN 4105 – History of the English Language
  • LIN 4680 – Modern English Grammar

Restricted Electives (9 Credit Hours)

  • ANT 3610 – Language and Culture
  • LIN 4660 – Linguistics and Literature
  • LIN 4801 – Language and Meaning
  • LIN 5137 – Linguistics
  • PHI 4400 – Philosophy of Science
  • PHI 4221 – Philosophy of Language
  • SPA 3112 – Basic Phonetics

Other UCF courses that pertain to Linguistics

Note: Other courses you have taken can possibly be substituted for restricted electives; contact us to discuss possibilities; we’ll ask to see your syllabi from those classes.