Linguistics is an interdisciplinary minor designed to examine the importance of language in all aspects of life and to contribute to the students' expansion of the understanding of the global community. Linguistics is the study of language in its many different disciplines and environments. It is no longer simply a study of the theoretical issues of pronunciation and grammar, but it is also a study of how we acquire language, the learning process, societal effects, the evolution of language, the behavioral patterns involved, the importance of language in the computer age, and the biological aspects of language. The idea of this minor is to bring together all of these disciplines with one common theme, language. Through this field of study it is the intent that students will realize the importance of language in all fields of study and will be able to apply their knowledge in their careers and everyday life to communicate and understand the world as a whole.