Minors & Certificates

Linguistics Minor

An undergraduate minor in linguistics would be particularly useful for students majoring in English, foreign languages, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, sociology, communications, speech science, neuroscience, computer science, and information science, as well as for students with an interest in teaching English as a second language, going to law school, or otherwise choosing a profession in which language plays a crucial part.

The minor consists of 15 credits and comprises the following courses:

  • LING 1000 Introduction to Linguistics
  • Four electives, chosen from the linguistics courses at the 1000 level (e.g. Syntax, Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Historical Linguistics, Aspects of Sociolinguistics, Introduction to Applied Linguistics, and more)

Please note that courses that already counted toward other certificates (ASL, Arabic) or minors may not double count. For example, if you took LING 1520 Introduction to Arabic Linguistics for your Arabic certificate, it cannot be applied toward your Ling Minor.

Language Minors and Certificates 

If you are looking to complement your linguistics degree with a foreign-language credential, Pitt offers many great opportunities: you can find the range of options on this page.  The Department of Linguistics also adminsters many of the language programs in-house.

The Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center of the Department of Linguistics is now offering minors in ten languages that you won't find at many other colleges or universities! The minor is comprised of 17 credits: 4 language courses and one elective. As of the fall of 2019, minors can now be pursued in:

  Hindi Swahili
  Irish Swedish
  Modern Greek Turkish
  Persian/Farsi Vietnamese
  Quechua Hungarian

In addition, our department offers two certificates, which require some core linguistics courses: 

Arabic Language & Linguistics Certificate

American Sign Language Certificate

And don't overlook the other languages offered by LCTL:  Amharic, Haitian Creole, Danish and Hungarian.