Linguistics Concentration

Dear Linguistics Concentrators,

On this page you will find the requirements for the Linguistics Concentration of the English Major at the College of Staten Island. You can think of the requirements as falling into three groups:

  • [1] Three required courses (LING 301, LING 302, & LING 304)
  • [2] Five Additional LING courses
  • [3] Three remaining courses (LING or ENL)

That’s 11 courses total. In addition, you need to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the Intermediate level (213 or above). MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THE PRE-REQS ARE, FOR EACH COURSE. YOU CAN CLICK ON ANY COURSE NUMBER, TO SEE WHAT THE PRE-REQS ARE, FOR THAT COURSE.

1.    Required Courses (12 credits)*

*You are strongly advised to take these three required courses AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, since they serve as pre-reqs for many other LING courses

2.    Five Additional Courses from the Following (20 credits)

  • LING 201  Introduction to Language (4 credits)
  • LING 303  Phonology I (4 credits)
  • LING 305  Second Language Learning (4 credits)
  • LING 350  The Structure of Words (4 credits)
  • LING 360  Word & Sentence Prosody (4 credits)
  • LING 370  Language Change (4 credits)
  • LING 380  Sociology of Language (4 credits)
  • LING 390  History of English (4 credits)
  • LING 402  Speech Science (4 credits)
  • LING 403  Phonology II (4 credits)
  • LING 404  Syntax II (4 credits)
  • LING 405  Semantics and Pragmatics (4 credits)
  • LING 410  First Language Acquisition (4 credits)
  • LING 411  Psycholinguistics (4 credits)
  • LING 412  Sign Language Linguistics (4 credits)
  • LING 420  Anatomy & Physiology for Speech Science (4 credits)
  • LING 430  Phonetic and Phonological Disorders (4 credits)
  • LING 437  Introduction to Computational Linguistics
  • LING 450  Audiology (4 credits)

3.     Remaining Courses (12 credits)

  • These twelve credits may be Linguistics (LING), Literature (ENL), Dramatic Literature (ENL), or Writing (ENL).
  • English majors in the Adolescence Education sequence are required to take ENL 323 (Coming of Age Narratives) or ENL 305; and either LING 201 (Introduction to Language) or LING 301 (Introduction to Linguistics).

You can have a look at all the ENL courses available in Fall 2021 here.

Honors in the Major

Graduating English majors may apply for graduation with honors in English. Candidates must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and must take an independent study with a full-time faculty member, in order to write an honors-quality paper, which will be submitted to the Honors Committee on the dates described below.

The paper submitted need not be a new work; it may be a revision or extension of a paper previously submitted in a course. Research papers, critical papers, and original works of prose or poetry are acceptable. Candidates should ask an English Department faculty member of their choosing to supervise the preparation of the paper; papers submitted to the Honors Committee must have the signature of this faculty member on the title page.

Successful honors projects are characterized by originality, depth, and critical thinking, and can involve research. Papers must be carefully proofread, and those including research must have accurate MLA (if Literature or Writing) or LSA (if Linguistics) citations. Submissions must be typed in clear, letter-quality print. Papers should be 14-20 pages in length. Please submit an electronic copy in PDF format (signed by the mentoring professor) to Professor Sarah Schulman at

Papers for majors graduating in January must be submitted by December 1; papers for majors graduating in June or August must be submitted by May 1.