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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 22, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Linguistics, BA

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Major Requirements

Students must complete at least 24 credits in the linguistics department including the following courses:


A student may petition to have a given requirement waived if an equivalent course was completed elsewhere before registering as a departmental major.

Other requirements and rules for linguistics majors are as follows:

  • Knowledge of any second language equivalent to one year of college-level study is required. The student’s knowledge of the language may be evaluated if first-year college-level courses are not taken.
  • Majors must have at least a 2.00 GPA in linguistics courses.
  • No more than 6 credits may be taken on the S/NC basis (formerly the S/N option).
  • Credit by examination is not available.
  • Courses for the W requirement and for the A&S-required 12-credit related area are chosen in consultation with the departmental advisor. Besides second language and literature departments, the most appropriate related areas are anthropology, communication, computer science, English, history and philosophy of science, psychology, philosophy, sociology, and theatre arts.
  • LING 0080 - ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE  and LING 0101-0964 (uncommonly taught languages) do not count toward the major.
  • Any student considering graduate work in linguistics, especially at the PhD level, should take French, German, or Russian. In addition to the language requirement described above, the student must take three more terms of language study (although in special cases, students may petition to have part of this requirement waived). At least 3 credits of this additional requirement must be taken in some language that is not Romance (including Latin), Germanic, Baltic, Slavic, or Greek, unless the language chosen to fulfill the language requirement above falls into this category.


Courses offered by the English Language Institute for students who are learning or improving their English language skills do not count toward the linguistics major.

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