Linguistics Major

Coursework

Required Courses: (9 credits)

Students must take all of the following:

  • LIN 3010 Introduction to Linguistics
  • LIN 3201 Sounds of Human Language (Prereq: LIN 3010)
  • LIN 3460 Structure of Human Language (Prereq: LIN 3010)

Elective Courses: (24 credits)

Five or more of the following: (15-24 credits)

  • TSL 3360 Introduction to TESL
  • TSL 3378 Pronunciation for TESL
  • LIN 3611 Languages and Dialect (Prereq:  LIN 3010)
  • LIN 3680 Modern English Structure (Prereq: LIN 3010)
  • LIN 4033 Roots of English (Prereq:  LIN 3010)
  • LIN 4205 Phonetics (Prereq: LIN 3010, 3201)
  • LIN 4320 Phonology (Prereq: LIN 3010, 3201)
  • LIN 4400 Morphology (Prereq: LIN 3010, 3460)
  • LIN 4500 Syntax (Prereq: LIN 3460)
  • LIN 4600 Sociolinguistics (Prereq: LIN 3010)
  • LIN 4605 World Englishes
  • LIN 4656 Gender and Language (Prereq:  LIN 3010)
  • LIN 4701 Psycholinguistics (Prereq: LIN 3010)
  • LIN 4702C Methods of Psycholinguistics (Prereq: LIN 4701, STA 2023, or Instructor’s permission)
  • LIN 4721 Second Language Acquisition (Prereq: LIN 3010)
  • LIN 4784 Writing Systems
  • LIN 4790 Brain and Language (Prereq: LIN 3010 or SPA 4004)
  • LIN 4803 Semantics (Prereq: LIN 3010, 3460)
  • LIN 4850 Formal Semantics (Prereq: LIN 4803)
  • LIN 4930 Special Topics in Linguistics
  • LIN 4905 Individual Studies
  • LIN 4970 Senior Thesis

Linguistics courses in other departments (0-9 credits)

  • ARA 48522 Arabic Sociolinguistics (LLC)
  • CHI 4850 Structure of Chinese (LLC )
  • ENG 4060 History of the English Language (English)
  • FRE 4780 Introduction to French Phonetics and Phonology (LLC)
  • FRE 4850 Introduction to the Structure of French (LLC)
  • GER 4450 German Phonetics and Pronunciation (LLC)
  • GER 4840 History of the German Language (LLC)
  • GER 4850 The Structure and Stylistics of German (LLC)
  • GEW 4930 Seminar in Germanic Languages and Literatures (LLC, with LIN approval)
  • HAT 3700 Introduction to Haitian Creole Linguistics
  • HEB 3130 Biblical Hebrew (LLC)
  • JPN 3730 Language in Japanese Society (LLC)
  • JPN 4850 Structure of Japanese (LLC)
  • POR 4770 Portuguese Phonetics and Phonology (LLC)
  • POR 4840 History of the Portuguese Language (LLC)
  • RUS 4700 Structure of Russian (LLC)
  • RUS 4840 History of the Russian Language (LLCc)
  • SPN 4780 Spanish Phonetics (LLC)
  • SPN 4822 Introduction to Sociolinguistics of Spain and Spanish America (LLC)
  • SPN 4830 Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Dialectology (LLC)
  • SPN 4840 Introduction to the History of the Spanish Language (LLC)
  • SPN 4850 Structure of Spanish (LLC)
  • SPN 4930 Special Topics in Spanish Language and Linguistics (LLC, with LIN approval)
  • SSA 3730 Language in African Society (LLC)
  • SSA 4750 Structure of an African Language (LLC)

Linguistics-related courses or Foreign Language (0-6 credits)

  • ANT 3620 Language and Culture (Anthropology)
  • DEP 3053 Developmental Psychology (PSY)
  • DEP 4163 Cognitive Development (PSY)
  • DEP 4930 Psychology of Language Development (PSY)
  • EXP 3604 Cognitive Psychology (PSY)
  • PHI 4220 Philosophy of Language (Philosophy)
  • SPA 3002 Survey of Communication Disorders (CSD)
  • SPA 3011 Speech Acoustics (CSD)
  • SPA 3032 Fundamentals of Hearing (CSD)
  • SPA 4004 Language Development (CSD)
  • SPA 4104 Neural Basis of Communication (CSD)
  • SPA 4402 Language Development and Disorders (CSD)
  • SPC 3331 Nonverbal Communication (CSD)
  • SPC 4301 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (Writing & Oral Communication)
  • SPC 4425 Small Group Communication (W&O)
  • SPC 4710 Patterns of Intercultural Communication(W&O)
  • two semesters of one non-Romance, non-Germanic language (see Foreign Language Recommendation below)

Foreign Language Recommendation

Two semesters of a non-Romance, non-Germanic language (examples include Akan, American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Vietnamese, Xhosa, or Yoruba) are recommended.

Honors

To graduate cum laude, a student must have a 3.5 overall junior/senior-level average. Students who wish to graduate with high honors (magna cum laude) or highest honors (summa cum laude) must, in addition to having the required upper level GPA, (1) have a major GPA of 3.5 or higher; (2) enroll in LIN 4905, Individual Study, and (3) subsequently complete a senior thesis in LIN 4970 Senior Thesis. The senior thesis must be submitted and approved prior to graduation. Postbaccalaureate students are not eligible to receive honors recognition.

 

Recommended 8-semester schedule

  • Composition (GE) 3 credits
    Foreign Language* 4-5 credits
    Logic or Mathematics (GE)** 3 credits
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE) 3 credits
    Total 13-14 credits
  • Foreign language 3-5
    Biological Science (GE) 3
    Humanities (GE) 3
    Electives 4-7
    Total 15-16
  • Logic or Mathematics (GE)* 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
    Physical Sciences (GE) 3
    Science laboratory (GE-P or B) 1
    Electives (or foreign language if 4-3-3 option) 6
    Total 16
  • Composition (GE) 3
    Biological Sciences (GE) 3
    Social ands Behavioral Sciences (GE) 3
    Electives (LIN 3010, if possible) 6
    Total 15
  • LIN 3010 Intro to Ling (GE-H) 3
    One Linguistics or linguistic-related course 3000-level 3
    Electives 9
    Total 15
  • Pick two out of the following three: LIN 3201 Sounds of Human Language; LIN 3460 Structure of Human Language; LIN course 3000-level or above Total 6
    Humanities (GE) 3
    Physical Science (GE) 3
    Electives 3
    Total 15
  • One linguistic course (3000 or above) 3
    Two linguistics courses (4000 level) 6
    Electives 6
    Total 15
  • Three linguistic courses (4000 level) 9
    Electives 6
    Total 15

* A non-western language is recommended.
** Logic is recommended (PHI 2100 Logic or PHI 3130 Symbolic Logic). Note, however, that 3 of the 6 credits of required mathematics must be taken from the Mathematics department.

Academic Learning Compact for Linguistics