In the most recent Penny & Aggie, needing an apparently random choice of college class to play a role in an undergraduate interaction, the author chose "Linguistics":
This presupposes that linguistics courses are a normal part of the college landscape, which would certainly be a step forward.
And interestingly, it's the cheerleader type, Fiona, who seems enthusiastic, while Lisa (the kid with multicolored hair and a Guy Fawkes mask t-shirt) is not:
And we even have some (apparently telegraphed) fake linguistics terminology, "corruption" for the abbreviation of "creative writing" as "cree-wri". Clipping of single-word course names(bio, econ, psych, chem) as well as two-word names (soc rel, comp sci, poli sci, con law, comp lit) has been common for at least half a century, but I can't imagine that any linguistics course would suggest the word "corruption" for this process.
Anyhow, I'm curious to learn how this will all work out. One possibility is that the content of the linguistics course will really play a role in the on-going drama. A more likely possibility — and in my opinion, a better sign of the times — is that it'll just be local color, part of the background.