The minor Linguistics offers a broad introduction into the scientific study of human language. It tries to answer questions like: how do children acquire a language, what is the relation between language variety you speak and your social identity, what are the building blocks of language and the principles for combining them, how do we use language to make meaning and to communicate? Studying language brings together biological, cognitive, and social perspectives in an interdisciplinary way and it gives us a window on what makes us uniquely human, as thinking and talking animals.
The minor Linguistics aims to introduce students to the most important concepts and theories in the study of language, to linguistic research and to the academic, analytical, and methodological skills that are involved in this.
Preparation for a Master's programme
This Minor is a good preparation for the following Master's programmes:
- Intercultural Communication
- Meertaligheid en taalverwerving (with sufficient knowledge of linguistics)
The minor consists of four compulsory courses (30 EC). The preferred order is period 1-4, but it is possible to enter the minor in period 3.
Students of the English Language and Culture BA who chose the specialisation “The Social Life of English” need to contact their Study Advisor.