Twelve courses (36 credits minimum), including Junior Year Writing.

Required core:
Linguist 201 How Language Works:  Introduction to Linguistic Theory
Linguist 401 Introduction to Syntax
Linguist 402 Speech Sounds and Structure
Linguist 414 Introductory Phonetics for Linguists
Linguist 510 Introduction to Semantics

Cross-linguistic requirement:
Two courses, from the following list:
LINGUIST 370 The Sounds of Englishes
LINGUIST 389 Introduction to African American English
LINGUIST 391B Indigenous Languages of North America
LINGUIST 404 Field Methods
LINGUIST 495C Morphology
LINGUIST 594A African American English
ANTHRO 397MG Languages of Mexico and Guatemala

Linguistically oriented courses on a language other than English at the 300-400 level and courses on the structure of a language other than English, with the approval of your Undergraduate Advisor

Note: Ordinary language courses do not count towards this requirement.

Departmental electives (5 courses):
Five additional courses are required. Any linguistics class can be an elective, although no more than one 100-level class can be so used.

Students may select electives from certain related departments (e.g., Anthropology, Computer Science, Communication Disorders, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Psychology) to this requirement, but must receive prior approval from the undergraduate adviser.

Junior Year Writing requirement:
The Junior Year Writing (JYW) requirement is met by taking LINGUIST 305 (which is currently offered in the Fall semester) or LINGUIST 350.  The Junior Year Writing requirement does not need to be satisfied in your junior year.

Common requirements for all majors:
A grade of C or better must be earned in any course used to satisfy major requirements.

College of Humanities and Fine Arts requirement:

  • Foreign Language: All students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level.

See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about College requirements.

University Graduation requirements:

See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about University graduation requirements, including General Education requirements.