MSU Billings Course Descriptions

LING - Linguistics

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LING 210 Introduction to Language and Linguistics

[formerly ENGL 213 Introduction to Language]

3 cr. (F, Sp)  Surveys introductory linguistic topics and methods of analysis as applied to the structure of English and as preparation for the scientific analysis of other language phenomena.


LING 294 Seminar/Workshop

V1-3 cr.  Provides freshmen and sophomores an opportunity for experimental study in an area of English or the teaching of English.


LING 301 History of the English Language

[formerly ENGL 314 History of the English Language]

3 cr. Prerequisite: LING 210. (odd Sp)  Presents a linguistic analysis of the history of the English language, including Old English, Middle English, and Modern English dialects and recent semantic and vocabulary changes as illustrated by writings from various historical periods.  Considers applications of such information in the classroom.


LING 312 English Grammar

[formerly ENGL 312 English Grammar]

3 cr. Prerequisite: LING 210. (F)  Provides a thorough review of traditional grammatical terms and principles, as well as an overview of modern theories of syntactic analysis, including structural and transformational-generative grammars, for the prospective teacher of English.  (Course must be completed prior to student teaching.)


LING 315 Sociolinguistics

[formerly ENGL 315 Sociolinguistics]

3 cr. Prerequisite: LING 210. (F)  Surveys a variety of topics of interest to teachers and language arts students, including language variation, conversational interaction, the relationship between language and society, and language and power.


LING 318 Introduction to Psycholinguistics (crosslisted with PSYX 482)

[formerly ENGL 318/PSYC 318 Psycholinguistics]

3 cr. Prerequisite: LING 210. (even Sp)  Explores the relationship between the human brain and language, including brain anatomy, first and second language acquisition, abnormal language acquisition and functions, and mental language processes.


LING 491 Special Topics

[formerly ENGL 466 Studies in Language and Linguistics]

V1-3 cr. R-6. Prerequisite: Upper division status.  Provides advanced study in selected language/linguistics topics.  Course content will vary, and the course may be repeated for credit.


LING 492 Independent Study

V1-3 cr. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and chairperson of the department.  Provides outstanding students with an opportunity for individually guided research and study in English.  A contract describing the study must be completed at the time of enrollment and filed in the English Department office.  (Note: Not more than 6 credits of LING 492 may be allowed toward any program in English.)


LING 494 Seminar/Workshop

V1-3 cr.  Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of English and the teaching of English.


LING 498 Internship/Cooperative Education

V1-9 cr.  Provides university credit for a work experience in the area of English, supervised by faculty.  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).