English - Linguistics (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

Minor Map

Where did language come from, and how does it shape our thinking and actions? Explore the historical and cultural aspects of the English language, and consider how you can apply this knowledge in a variety of settings.

Program Description

The minor in English with a focus in linguistics examines the origins, structures and functions of language. The program provides students with knowledge and skills that enable them to improve their writing and that enhance their ability to read and think analytically and become critical consumers of media.

Program Requirements

The minor in English with a focus in linguistics consists of 18 credit hours. A minimum of 12 upper-division credit hours are required, with at least six credit hours from courses offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a scale of 4.00) or better to satisfy minor requirements.
Required Courses -- 12 credit hours
Directed Electives (choose two) -- 6 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.
ENG 404 and ENG 414 are variable topics courses and may be repeated with a different topic title for a total of 6 credit hours.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA in English (all concentrations)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major or the minor program. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Career Outlook

Minor programs allow students to develop additional competencies that complement the marketable knowledge and skills they acquire in their majors.

A minor in English with a focus in linguistics can help students as they pursue careers in writing, teaching, editing and publishing.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Communications Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Salary*: 76250

Writers and Authors

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 73150


  • Growth: -4%
  • Median Salary*: 73080

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 1.2%
  • Median Salary*: 74280

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 73150

News Analysts, Reporters and Journalists

  • Growth: -3.3%
  • Median Salary*: 55960

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

  • Growth: 5.7%
  • Median Salary*: 40420
  Bright Outlook

Technical Writers

  • Growth: 6.9%
  • Median Salary*: 79960
  Bright Outlook

Interpreters and Translators

  • Growth: 4.3%
  • Median Salary*: 53640

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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