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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 undergraduate coordinator. View an example of a four-year plan leading to a B.A. in linguistics.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

Core Requirements 15 hours

Complete each of the following:

Acquisition and Processing Requirement 3 hours

Choose 1 of the following:

Structure and Description Requirement 3 hours

Choose 1 of the following:

  • LING 370 Introduction to the Languages of Africa (3)
  • LING 441 Field Methods in Linguistic Description (3)
  • LING 447 North American Indian Languages (3)
  • LING 570 The Structure of Japanese (3)
  • LING 572 The Structure of Chinese (3)
  • LING 575 The Structure of _____ (3)
Form and Meaning Requirement 3 hours

Choose 1 of the following:

Electives 6 hours
  • 2 additional courses in linguistics, chosen by the student in consultation with the undergraduate coordinator. Each course must be at least 3 credit hours. (6)

Minimum Major Requirements

30 hours

Certain course selections may increase the total major hours.

Within the total minimum major hours, 24 hours must be in junior/senior-level courses taken in residency.

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