Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages

Undergraduate Programs
Linguistics

Linguistics is the scientific study of the nature of human language and the characteristics of particular languages. It is a field with close ties to many areas of study, such as English, foreign languages, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, history, mathematics, and speech and language pathology; majors may emphasize any one or more of these areas.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Linguistics major is met by completing Linguistics 499. That course is referenced in item 3. a. (2) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following Linguistics courses (32 to 38 credits):  
      (1) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
        LIN 200 Introduction to Language 3
        LIN 401 Introduction to Linguistics 4
      (2) All of the following courses (14 credits):  
        LIN 424 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology 3
        LIN 431 Introduction to Morphology 3
        LIN 434 Introduction to Syntax 3
        LIN 437 Semantics and Pragmatics 3
        LIN 499 Senior Thesis Research (W) 2
        The completion of Linguistics 499 satisfies the capstone course requirement for the Linguistics major.  
      (3) Linguistics electives:  Additional credits in Linguistics courses as needed to meet the requirement of at least 32, but not more than 38, credits in courses in the major.