Students in PULSAR participate in a 1-credit seminar each semester (MLSC 308) during which they learn about a variety of research topics in language science as well as participating in research skills and professional/career development workshops (e.g. resume writing, applying to graduate school).

Most students have already completed at least one introductory language science course when they join the program and this course counts towards the 15-credit PULSAR coursework requirement. Students who have not taken any of the following suggested prerequisites should contact the PULSAR Director ( to discuss their background before applying to the program.

Recommended prerequisite course options (any one of the following):

LING 200: Introductory Linguistics
LING 240: Language and Mind
HESP 120: Introduction to Linguistics
ENGL 280: The English Language
EALL 300: The Languages of East Asia
HONR 218L: Language and Mind
HONR 279E: Languages of Europe
HONR 279M: How does the brain speak? Insights from Neuroimaging and Brain Damage
HONR 258Z/SLLC 305: Language, Identity and Diversity in the USA

Additional course options for the program

Courses can include anything on the science of language. New courses are frequently developed on campus, so the following list is best thought of as examples of possible courses rather than being a definitive list of options.  Students selected for the program will need to have their actual course plan approved by the PULSAR Director.

EDCI 432: Foundations of Second Language Education
EDCI 434: Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language
EDCI 435: Teaching English Language Learners Reading and Writing in the Secondary Content Areas
EDCI 436: Understanding cross-cultural Communication for Teaching English Language Learners
EDCI 437: English Grammar and Linguistics for TESOL Teachers
EDHD 425: Language Development and Reading Acquisition
ENGL 384: Concepts of Grammar
ENGL 385: English Semantics
ENGL 482: History of English
HESP 300: Introduction to Psycholinguistics
HESP 400: Speech and Language Development in Children
HONR 218L: Language and Mind
HONR 279E: Languages of Europe
HONR 279M: How does the brain speak?  Insights from Neuroimaging and Brain Damage
LING 240: Language and Mind
LING 311: Syntax I
LING 320: Phonetics
LING 321: Phonology I
LING 410: Grammar and Meaning
LING 440: Grammars & Cognition (Intro. to Psycholing)
LING 444: Child Language Acquisition
PSYC 442: Psychology of Language
SLAA410: Second Language Acquisition: Theory, Research and Practice

Courses taught in languages other than English:

ARAB 499X: Introduction to Arabic Linguistics
ARAB 499R: Roots and Patterns: Verb meaning in Arabic
CHIN 307: Linguistic Landscape of China
CHIN 422: Chinese Grammar
CHIN 428W: Sociolinguistics of Writing Reforms in China
FREN 400: Applied Linguistics
FREN 407: History of the French Language
FREN 499L: The Structure of French
GERM 204: German Grammar Review
GERM 319: Advanced Grammar of German
GERM 473: Variation in Contemporary German
GERM 489G: Structure and Acquisition of German
JAPN 421: History of the Japanese Language
JAPN 422: Introductory Japanese Linguistics
JAPN 498P: Introduction to Japanese Syntax
JAPN 428: Seminar in Japanese Discourse and Conversation Analysis
JAPN 438: Topics in Japanese Pragmatics
JWST 419F: Special Topics in Jewish Studies: History of the Hebrew Language
JWST 419B: Special Topics in Jewish Studies: Modern Hebrew Language
HEBR 498T: Special Topics in Jewish Studies: Modern Hebrew Language
KORA 241: History of the Korean Language
KORA 242: Introduction to Korean Linguistics
KORA 345: Korean Language and Linguistics
PORT 350: History of the Portuguese Language
RUSS 412: Linguistic Analysis of Russian II
RUSS 411: Linguistic Analysis of Russian I
RUSS 473: Recent History of the Russian Language
SPAN 310: Spanish Phonetics
SPAN 425: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics I: Basic Concepts
SPAN 426: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics II: Language in Use

(PULSAR students interested in the teaching of language learners may want to consider a minor in TESOL)