Date: Tue, 9 May 1995 07:57:32 -0500 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Re: Linguistics in the Core Curriculum > Is linguistics an option in your core curriculum? Specifically, is it an > option in the social science selections (with psychology, sociology, > economics, anthropology)? If so, is it an option for all students or just > students in certain majors? Our core curriculum situation is too complicated to explain in detail when I've got to go give an exam five minutes from now, but the simple answer to your question is that there are no linguistics courses that count as university core requirements (but usually students have no trouble getting the university requirements out of the way, with courses to spare). Certain linguistics courses will count, however, in the social sciences section of the Arts & Sciences core. The courses that will count are cross-listed courses taken as AN or SO instead of as EN. English majors have caught on that they can get rid of a social sciences core requirement by taking another English course if they choose a cross-listed course and take it as anthro or socio instead of as English. I've got a similar question. All of our linguistics courses (except Descriptive English Grammar, which is taken primarily by English-Ed majors as a certification requirement) are upper-level courses: junior- senior-graduate. But a course like Intro to Linguistics "feels" like a sophomore level course. Do any of you have similar situations? Trying to make it more like an upper-level course doesn't make sense to me since juniors and seniors and even grad students who haven't had any earlier linguistics training aren't necessarily any readier for more depth than sophomores are. Another question: Do those of you who offer intro at the sophomore level have any kind of introductory linguistics course for graduate students? If so, does that course include some who had the lower level course and some who have had no exposure to the subject? If yes, how do you handle it? (I'm asking because I've thought about proposing a sophomore level course here and am trying to think through the ramifications.) I hope this makes sense. No time to read back over it. Am almost late for exam. --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]