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Major

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) = Elementary Statistics OR another appropriate statistics course

Social Requirement: 3 Credits (Choose One)

  • 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)

  • LING 493 (3) = Linguistic Field Methods

OR a language-specific course from 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

You must take 6 credits in LING at the 400-level, which can include LING 448, 405, or 493 if those were not used to satisfy one of the requirements above. Additionally, you must take 6 credits of LING courses or courses from the approved list. This can also include language-specific linguistics courses from the list above that have not been used to satisfy the ‘Non-English Linguistics’ requirements. 

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

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, Mike Putnam, and/or the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Deborah Morton.

400-Level Linguistics Courses:

  • LING 429/PSYCH 426 (3) = Language and Thought 
    Relations between language and cognition; cognitive implications of normal and impaired language development; cognition and bilingualism.
  • LING 446 (3) = First Language Acquisition
    How children learn their first language; psycholinguistic aspects of lexical, syntactic, semantic, and phonological development.
  • LING 447 (3) = Bilingualism 
    Explores the social and psychological aspects of bilingualism; topics include languages in contact, transference, maintenance and loss.
  • LING 457/PSYCH 457 (3) = Psychology of Language 
    Overview of psychological research and theory on language processes, including speech perception, word recognition, meaning representation, comprehension, and language acquisition.
  • LING 494 (3) = Research Project 
    Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
  • LING 496 (3) = Independent Studies 
    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 (3) = Special Topics

Graduate courses at the 500 level may be taken by advanced undergraduates on the recommendation of an advisor.

Approved Related Courses:

  • AFAM 422 (3) = Contemporary African American communication
  • APLING 210 (3) = Ecology of global English
  • APLING 310 (3) = Language rights, policy, and planning
  • APLING 430 (3) = Language, culture and cognition in East Asian contexts
  • APLING 482 (3) = Applied Linguistics
  • APLING 484 (3) = Functional discourse grammar
  • APLING 491 (3) = L2 acquisition
  • ASIA 200 (3) = What are Asian languages?
  • CAMS 420 (3) = Aramaic
  • CAMS 470 (3) = Languages and cultures of the ancient Near East
  • CAMS 471 (3) = Sumerian
  • CAMS 472 (3) = Akkadian (Babylonian and Assyrian)
  • CAMS 481 (3) = Middle Egyptian
  • CAMS 490 (3) = Ancient Mediterranean languages
  • CMPSC 464 (3) = Introduction to the theory of computation
  • CSD 311 (3) = Clinical Phonetics
  • CSD 331 (3) = Anatomy and physiology for speech and hearing
  • CSD 341 (3) = Acoustic principles
  • CSD 442 (3) = Disorders of phonetics
  • CSD 444 (3) = Organic disorders of speech and language
  • EDUC 467 (3) = English language structure for English as a Second Language teachers
  • ENGL 407 (3) = History of English
  • IST 230 (3) = Language, logic and discrete mathematics
  • LLED 445 (3) = Teaching English in bilingual/dialectal situations
  • PHIL 129 (3) = Philosophy of Language

QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT:

Director, Linguistics Program
(814) 263-2138
Undergraduate Officer, Assistant Teaching Professor of Linguistics
(814) 865-4252