Major

Undergraduate Linguistics Major Requirements

Requirements for the major: 33 credits

 

Prescribed Core Courses: 12 Credits

  • LING 100 (3) = Foundations of Linguistics
  • LING 402 (3) = Syntax I
  • LING 404 (3) = Phonology I
  • LING 449 (3) = Semantics I

Quantitative Requirement: 3 credits

  • STAT 200 (4) OR another appropriate statistics course

Social Requirement: 3 credits, choose ONE of the following:

  • LING 448 (3) = Sociolinguistics
  • LING 405 (3) = Historical Linguistics
  • APLING 200 (3) = Language, Culture and Social Interaction (anthropological linguistics)

Non-English Linguistics Requirement: 3 credits, choose ONE of the following:

  • LING 493 (3) = Linguistic Field Methods
   OR a language-specific course, one of the following:
  • FR 316 (3) = French Linguistics
  • FR 417 (3) = French Phonology
  • FR 418 (3) = French Syntax
  • FR 419 (3) = French Semantics
  • GER 412 (3) = Contrastive analysis of German and English
  • GER 430 (3) = History of German
  • LATIN 450 (3) = History of Latin
  • SPAN 314 (3) = Spanish Sounds
  • SPAN 315 (3) = Spanish and Spanish-speakers in the US
  • SPAN 316 (3) = Building words and sentences in Spanish
  • SPAN 418 (3) = The evolution of Spanish

 

Additional Courses: 12 credits

6 Additional credits in Linguistics at the 400-level (see list below), which can include 448, 405 or 493, if those were not used to satisfy one of the requirements above.
6 Additional credits EITHER from LING or from the approved related courses list (see below).  This can also include language-specific linguistics courses from the list above that have not been used to satisfy the Non-English Linguistics requirement.

You may only count 3 credits total of EITHER LING 494 or LING 496 (not both) for the major.

Note: if you would like to petition for a course to be added to the approved related courses list, please contact the director of the Linguistics Program (John Lipski)

Additional 400-Level Linguistics Courses:
  • LING 429/PSYCH 426 - Language and Thought (3 credits)
    Relations between language and cognition; cognitive implications of normal and impaired language development; cognition and bilingualism.
  • LING 446 - First Language Acquisition (3 credits)
    How children learn their first language; psycholinguistic aspects of lexical, syntactic, semantic, and phonological development.
  • LING 447 - Bilingualism (3 credits)
    Explores the social and psychological aspects of bilingualism; topics include languages in contact, transference, maintenance and loss.
  • LING 457/PSYCH 457 - Psychology of Language (3 credits)
    Overview of psychological research and theory on language processes, including speech perception, word recognition, meaning representation, comprehension, and language acquisition.
  • LING 494 - Research Project (3 credits)
    Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
    or LING 496 - Independent Studies (3 credits)
    Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.  NOTE:  Only 3 credits total of EITHER 494 OR 496 can count towards the major.
  • LING 497 - Special Topics, as offered (3 credits)
  • Graduate courses at the 500 level may be taken by advanced undergraduates on the recommendation of an advisor.

 

Approved Related Courses:
  • AFAM 422 = Contemporary African American communication
  • APLING 210 = Ecology of global English
  • APLING 310 = Language rights, policy, and planning
  • APLING 430 = Language, culture and cognition in East Asian contexts
  • APLING 482 = Applied Linguistics
  • APLING 484 = Functional discourse grammar
  • APLING 491 = L2 acquisition
  • CAMS 420 = Aramaic
  • CAMS 470 = Languages and cultures of the ancient Near East
  • CAMS 471 = Sumerian
  • CAMS 472 = Akkadian (Babylonian and Assyrian)
  • CAMS 481 = Middle Egyptian
  • CAMS 490 = Ancient Mediterranean languages
  • CMPSC 464 = Introduction to the theory of computation
  • CSD 311 = Clinical Phonetics
  • CSD 331 = Anatomy and physiology for speech and hearing
  • CSD 341 = Acoustic principles
  • CSD 442 = Disorders of phonetics
  • CSD 444 = Organic disorders of speech and language
  • EDUC 467 = English language structure for English as a Second Language teachers
  • ENGL 407 = History of English
  • IST 230 = Language, logic and discrete mathematics
  • LLED 445 = Teaching English in bilingual/dialectal situations
  • PHIL 129 = Philosophy of Language