At Johns Hopkins University, linguistics is fully integrated into the Department of Cognitive Science. We offer basic and advanced training covering core areas of linguistics including phonetics and phonology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, psycholinguistics, acquisition, and fieldwork. A significant number of our students have gone on to pursue graduate studies in formal linguistics in top departments around the country. Learn more about linguistics training and research at Johns Hopkins.

Undergraduates in any major can minor in linguistics. However, cognitive science majors who choose linguistics as a focal area may not also minor in linguistics.

Minor Requirements

See also the Academic Catalog, and how to declare a minor in Linguistics.

  • One foreign language through the intermediate level OR two foreign languages at the elementary level
  • Six courses in linguistics that fall under the linguistics focal area.
    • Four of these must be at the 300-level or above, excluding research and readings. Linguistics courses are identified by the program of study (POS) tag COGS-LING in SIS
  • Receive a C- or better for all coursework taken to satisfy linguistics minor requirements.

Why Study Linguistics?

Learn how language works, and how it is used, developed and preserved over time. Prepare for a career in academia, teaching, publishing, national security, international affairs, policy, forensics, medicine and technology, and more.