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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

Students should apply to the major during the semester in which major admission criteria will be completed; normally no later than 60 hours, or for transferring students, normally during the initial term at KU.  Application to this major after completion of 60 hours, or the initial KU term for transfer studens, will likely delay graduation.

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