Majors in Linguistics

The Linguistics Department offers undergraduate majors in either General Linguistics or Applied Linguistics, each requiring a minimum of 30 credits. Students are encouraged to combine the linguistics major with a related field (possibly another major) and to focus their electives in areas closely aligned with the study of linguistics, including the various foreign languages, English, anthropology, philosophy, computer science, and education, among others.

General Linguistics Major (30 credits)

Basic Requirements (12 credits)

  • Linguis 350 - Introduction to Linguistics, 3 cr
  • Linguis 450 - General Phonetics and Phonetics Practicum, 3 cr
  • Linguis 460 - Sounds and Sound Systems, 3 cr
  • Linguis 464 - Word and Sentence Structure, 3 cr

Special Requirements (9 credits)

At least three of the following:

  • Linguis 415 - First Language Acquisition, 3 cr
  • Linguis 420 - Introduction to Second Language Acquisition, 3 cr
  • Linguis 430 - Language and Society, 3 cr
  • Linguis 466 - Semantics, 3 cr
  • Linguis 468 - Language in its Various Forms, 3 cr
  • Linguis 470 - Historical Linguistics, 3 cr
  • Linguis 474 - Language Typology, 3 cr
  • Linguis 468 - Language in its Various Forms, 3 cr
  • Linguis 560 - Advanced Phonology, 3 cr
  • Linguis 564 - Advanced Syntax, 3 cr

Electives (9 credits)

Coursework in linguistics and related areas, selected from the approved electives list in consultation with an advisor in the Linguistics Program.

Applied Linguistics Major (30 credits)

Basic Requirements (18 credits)

  • Linguis 350 - Introduction to Linguistics, 3 cr
  • Linguis 420 - Introduction to Second Language Acquisition, 3 cr
  • Linguis 430 - Language and Society, 3 cr
    or
    Linguis 570 - Issues in Bilingualism, 3 cr
  • Linguis 450 - General Phonetics and Phonetics Practicum, 3 cr
  • Linguis 460 - Sounds and Sound Systems, 3 cr
  • Linguis 464 - Word and Sentence Structure, 3 cr

Special Requirements (6 credits)

At least two of the following,

  • Linguis 410, Literacy, Grammar and Methods in ESL Education, 3 cr
  • Linguis 415, First Language Acquisition, 3 cr
  • Linguis 432, Urban Dialects, 3 cr
  • Linguis 440, Psycholinguistics, 3 cr
  • Linguis 468, Language in its Various Forms, 3 cr
  • Linguis 565, Introduction to Adult/University Level TESOL, 3 cr
  • Linguis 567, Materials for ESL Instruction, 3 cr

Electives (6 credits)

Coursework in linguistics and related areas, selected from the approved electives list in consultation with an advisor in the Linguistics Program.