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Query:   Linguistics in General Education
Author:  Trudi Patterson
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Not Applicable

Summary:   Two months ago, I posted a request for information on how courses in linguistics were used to fulfill general education (GenEd) requirements. The query read as follows:

I am interested in extending the reach of linguistics beyond courses for future linguists and/or teacher education. There are discussions across the U.S. about language policy, e.g. identifying English as an official language, and one going on here in Oklahoma. So it would seem important, nay critical, for us to try to reach students in other majors and educate them about language/linguistics. Here, we offer a course in Language & Culture to fulfill a humanities requirement. I am told that some schools offer linguistics as a lab science course to fulfill the lab science requirement.

I would like to know how schools use linguistics-type classes in the general education curriculum. What linguistics-type courses do you offer that fulfill general education requirements and how/which category do they fulfill?

I did not receive as many responses as I had hoped. If anyone else would still like to respond to this question, I welcome your input.

Thank you once again to those who responded and answered my questions.

Leor Alcalay
Lynn Burley
Wendy Burnett
Seran Dogancay-Aktuna
Joseph Foster
Naomi Nagy

The responses indicate that linguistics courses are used to fulfill the following kinds of GenEd requirements:

Arts & Letters
Arts & Sciences Social Science
Social Science
World Cultural Traditions

All of these purposes seem to fall along the Arts-Humanities-Social Science spectrum, which is what I expected to find, at least in part. Rumor has it, however, that linguistics courses are also used to fulfill other science (perhaps lab-type) and communication (a la foreign language) requirements. No one responded indicating that linguistics was used for such purposes at their institution. But I am not giving up hope. If anyone has information on linguistics being used for either of these types of GenEd requirements, I would appreciate hearing from you.
Thank you all again.

LL Issue: 14.1520
Date Posted: 23-May-2003
Original Query: Read original query


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