Course Overview

New for 2022! Have you ever wondered how many languages exist in the world today? Do you think about how languages are born and how they die? Have you noticed similarities and differences between English and other languages that you know or have heard or seen? Have you ever wondered why you speak differently from your parents? What is language anyway?  

These are just some of the questions covered in the field of linguistics! In this course, students will explore concepts and ideas that guide the scientific study of human language. We will cover topics like language and society, language diversity, language endangerment, and also the structure of language. Students will learn about aspects of human language that you can apply to your future studies and work, regardless of the major, university, or career you ultimately choose. 

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University credit transcript.

Course Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Describe properties shared by all human languages, and also those that are unique to particular language families
  • Explain how and why languages change over time
  • Explore how and why people from different places and with different social backgrounds speak the way that they do
  • Decompose words into their constituent parts in terms of meaning and sound
  • Analyze how language is structured, including sounds, words, and sentences
  • Investigate the similarities and differences between learning a first vs. second language

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: LIN 201

Format: Hybrid (2 weeks at Syracuse University, 4 weeks online)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school junior or senior status – or a 2022 high school graduate. 

Credit: 3 credits

Grading: A-F


  • Hybrid Residential-Online: $4,385
  • Hybrid Commuter-Online: $3,530

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – Hybrid: Combine on campus and online study. Experience Syracuse University on campus for two-weeks and complete the final four-weeks of your course online from the comfort of your own home – or wherever life takes you!

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesClass Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – HybridOn Campus Session: Sunday, July 3 – Friday, July 15, 2022
Online Session: Monday, July 18 – Friday, Aug. 12, 2022
On Campus Class Time: MTWThF 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Synchronous Online Class Time: MWTh 6-7:30 p.m.
3 creditsClosed
Class times subject to change. On campus classes will have a 1 hour break for lunch at noon.

Course Requirements

Technology Requirements

  • Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam
  • Reliable internet access
  • A space conducive to taking an online class (without distractions)

Required Supplies

Students should budget for required textbooks and supplies.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

On-campus days – New topics and lessons will be introduced in morning sessions; students will have the opportunity to discuss and debate these topics before the lunch break. Afternoon sessions will focus on applying concepts learned and will include interactive activities, and accessing relevant media and demonstrations.

Synchronous online days – Monday/Wednesday sessions will introduce new topics and lessons, while Thursday sessions will be reserved for activities.

Faculty Bios

Chiara Di Maio


Haley Muth


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