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