Students in Second Language Acquisition course

Students presenting posters in Professor Cho's Second Language Acquisition course

Electives in the Major

Which Electives Should I Take?

Linguistics majors take at least four 3-credit elective courses to broaden their academic base and explore interdisciplinary aspects of the field. There are over 60 courses to choose from in departments across campus. Here are some popular choices which tend to be frequently offered – see the Linguistics Guide entry for the full list of eligible courses.

Descriptions of these and all UW-Madison courses can be found in the Course Guide. Course schedules for specific semesters can be found on the Upcoming Course Schedule page.

Linguistic Theory

Any Linguistics course not already satisfying a major requirement can count as an elective for the Linguistics major, including additional advanced 500-level courses beyond the one required, or additional courses in linguistic theory:

Ling 306 General Phonetics
Ling 309 Grammatical Variability of Language
Ling 373 Topics in Linguistics – Morphosyntax
Ling 510 Phonological Theories
Ling 522 Advanced Morphology
Ling 530 Syntactic Theories
Ling 571 Structure of a Language

Eng 420 Topics in English Language & Linguistics – Experimental Syntax
Eng 514 English Syntax
Phil 516 Language & Meaning

First Language Acquisition/Language Development

CS&D 240 Language Development in Children & Adolescents
CS&D 315 Phonetics & Phonological Development
Eng 420 Topics in English Language & Linguistics – Child Language Acquisition
Psych 460 Child Development

Second Language Acquisition/TESOL

Eng 318 Second Language Acquisition
Eng 415 Introduction to TESOL Methods

Psycholinguistics/Language Processing

Psych 406 Psychology of Perception
Psych 413 Language, Mind, and Brain
Psych 414 Cognitive Psychology

Sociolinguistics

Anthro 430 Language & Culture
Eng 316 English Language Variation in the U.S.
Eng 319 Language, Race, and Identity (Ethnic Studies)
Eng 414 Global Spread of English
Eng 416 English in Society
Ling 211 Global Language Issues
Ling 237 Language & Immigration in Wisconsin
Soc 535 Talk and Social Interaction

Historical Linguistics

Eng 417 History of the English Language
Ling 303 Language, History, & Society
Ling 373 Topics in Linguistics – Sound Change

Neurolinguistics

CS&D 210 Neural Basis of Communication
CS&D 503 Neural Mechanisms of Speech

Communicative Disorders

CS&D 110 Intro to Communicative Disorders
CS&D 201 Speech Science
CS&D 303 Speech Acoustics and Perception
CS&D 440 Child Language Disorders

Linguistics of Specific Languages or Language Families:

Spanish & Romance Languages

Fren/Span/Ital/Port 429 Intro to Romance Languages
Span 320 Spanish Phonetics
Span 321 Structure of Modern Spanish
Span 327 Intro to Spanish Linguistics
Span 331 Spanish Applied Linguistics
Span 446 Topics in Spanish Linguistics
sample topics:

  • Acoustic Analysis of Spanish
  • Bilingualism: Linguistic, Cognitive, and Sociopolitical Issues
  • Spanish in the US

German

Germ 351 Intro to German Linguistics
Germ 352 Topics in German Linguistics
Germ 650 History of the German Language

East Asian Languages

Asian Langs & Cultures 358 Language in Japanese Society
Asian Langs & Cultures 431 Intro to Chinese Linguistics I
Asian Langs & Cultures 432 Intro to Chinese Linguistics II
Asian Langs & Cultures 434 Intro to Japanese Linguistics
Asian Langs & Cultures 631 History of the Chinese Language

Native American Languages

Ling 371 Survey of North American Indian Languages (Ethnic Studies)
Amer Ind 314 Indians of North America (Ethnic Studies)
Amer Ind 431 American Indian Folklore (Ethnic Studies)
Hist 490 American Indian History (Ethnic Studies)
LIS 640: Topics – Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums (this topic only)

Scandinavian Languages

Scan Stud 410 Intro to Scandinavian Linguistics

Note that some courses may be offered infrequently, and future course offerings are not guaranteed. Some courses have prerequisites. Consult with the Undergraduate Advisor about course availability and selection.