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Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Language Sciences



The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS) in the Language Sciences (LS) draws from diverse fields of study, including Computer Science and Engineering, Communication, English, Education, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, Speech and Hearing Science, and all the foreign languages.  The study of language and its use from a variety of viewpoints is a common thread among these departments.  Students pursuing the GIS-LS will work closely with an advisor who will help them select courses from one of five areas of focus:

  • Language and Cognition
  • Language and Brain Function
  • Language and Society
  • Language and Technology
  • Language Description and Fieldwork


For more general information about geting a GIS at OSU, click here
For more information about the GIS in Language Studies, see the sections below.  You may also contact Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm (taleghani-nikazm.1@osu.edu).


Coursework Requirements

The required coursework consists of the core course Psychology 6700/German 6700: Introduction to the Language Sciences plus three other courses in a given focus area which collectively add up to at least 10 hours of graduate-level course work. 9 of these 10 total hours must consist of at least three different courses from outside of the student’s home program.  Cross-listed courses can be included but it is recommended that the student register in a department other than his/her home department. Courses taken within the student’s home department must be at the 6000-level or above.  Students must earn at least a grade of B or S in all courses counted towards the GIS-LS.  The Graduate Advisory Committee for the GIS-LS must approve the list of selected courses.


GIS-LS Minor

The requirements for the Minor in Languge Sciences are the same as those for the Specialization, except that students only need to complete coursework from two departments (including their home department).


Sample Course Plans

Here are some sample course plans for each of the focus areas. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester (or even every year) so it is important to check current course listings.  However, many courses across the full range of BLN departments can count for the GIS-LS so long as they help students develop expertise in a focus area.  It is necessary for students to have a coherent set of classes to establish their focus, and the course plan must be approved by the GIS-LS advisory committee.  Also be aware that which courses can count towards the GIS-LS depend in part on your home department: for the Specialization, students must take courses from at least two additional departments and for the Minor, students must take courses from at least one additional department.

Language & Cognition



Core Course: Psych/German 6700

Ling 4000 (Introduction to Linguistics)

Ling 5701/Psych 5615 (Psycholinguistics)

CS&E 5531  (Intro to Cognitive Science)


Language & Brain Function

Speech & Hearing 5725 (Neurology)

Psych 5618 (Neural Network Models)

Sph&Hrng 5762 (Traumatic Brain Injury in Chidlren and Adults)


Language & Society

Ling 5601 (Sociolinguistics I)

EduTL 7431 (The Ethnography of Communication)

Spanish 4538 (Language Variation in Spanish)


Language & Technology

CS&E 5525 (Foundations of Speech and Language Processing)

Ling 5801 (Computational Models of Grammar I)

Sph&Hrng 8950.09 (Multidimensional Scaling)


Language Description & Fieldwork

Linguist 5651 (Languages in Contact )

EALL 6383 (Scripts of East Asia)

Chinese 6380 (Intro to Chinese Linguistics)