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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Linguistics

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First- and Second-Year Preparation

A student who plans to major in linguistics should fulfill the College foreign language requirement by the end of the junior year. LING 106 or LING 107, which is required for the major, provides an introductory survey of the field, and also fulfills a general education social sciences: culture and society (SC) principal course requirement. In addition, LING 110, which is required for the major, fulfills a general education social sciences: individual behavior (SI) principal course requirement. These courses prepare students for upper-division courses in the major. Students considering a major in linguistics should discuss their plans with the director of undergraduate studies.

Admission to the Major

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Prospective majors should enroll in the following 2 introductory courses:

Grade-Point Average Requirements

Students must earn a 2.5 grade-point average in the 2 designated admission courses. KU's course repeat policy applies to the GPA calculation.

Application Term

Application to the major should occur in the term in which designated admission requirements will be initially completed. If student does not meet established admission grade-point average criteria or neglects to apply for admission in this term, the student must petition the department for permission for late application. The department, as part of an approved petition, determines late admission requirements (including GPA and course requirements) and the final deadline for admission. Students are strongly encouraged to declare the major before the beginning of the junior year. Suggestions for completing the major in a timely manner are listed on the departmental website.

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