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Linguistics - Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics (code LINGBA01) (120 units)

The following are department goals for students receiving the BA in linguistics:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental architecture of language in the domains of phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, and semantics and pragmatics.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the variety of structures by which diverse human languages realize this architecture.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the social functions of language and the role of language as a cultural institution.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of language variation, including historical change and dialect variety.
  • Students will demonstrate skills in studying language structure and use.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of how people acquire first and second languages and the implications for language instruction and educational policy.
  • Students will demonstrate skill in critical evaluation of language research and policy.
  • Students will experience the opportunity to apply linguistic knowledge in a community setting.
  • Students will be able to identify applications of linguistics and related career opportunities such as education, translation and computational linguistics.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in English and in at least one other language.
  • Students will value life-long learning in the field of linguistics.


Lower Division: (6 units) LING 101, 170

Upper Division:

  1. 12 units – LING 325, 329, 420, 421.
  2. 24 units – Select eight (8) courses from LING 413, 423, 425, 426, 428, 433, 470, 472, 485, 490 or PSY 438. Students may substitute up to 6 units of relevant upper-division coursework from other departments, with permission of the Linguistics advisor.

Language Requirement

Sixteen (16) units or equivalent are required. Four semesters (or their equivalent) of a language other than English, with either: (a) two semesters of an Indo-European language plus two semesters of a non-Indo-European language or (b) four semesters of any one language. Students with prior language experience can pass language requirement by examination or other evidence.

Minor in Linguistics (code LINGUM01)

A minor in Linguistics consists of a minimum of 21 units, with at least one course selected from each of five subject area categories. Although not required for the minor, foreign language courses are recommended. In selecting courses, students should be aware that some courses have prerequisites, including language proficiency.

Courses which are counted for a major may not also be counted for a minor, but students who have taken a course from any category as a part of their major may substitute an elective with approval of the Department Chair.


Select at least one course from each category:

  • Category I Introduction: ANTH 170, LING 363I;
  • Category II Phonology: CD 330, LING 420, FREN 414, GERM 303;
  • Category III Syntax: LING 421, FREN 411, SPAN 426;
  • Category IV Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics: EDSP 454, LING 329, PSY 438;
  • Category V Language, Culture, and Society: ANTH 412I, 413;

Electives to a program total of 21 units selected from: any course listed above, CHLS 341; LING 423, 426; PHIL 484; SPAN 427, and variable/special topics courses on linguistics subjects offered through the participating departments. These topic courses are shown on an approved list available in the participating departments.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Crosscultural Language and Academic Development Studies (code COEDUM01)

The minor comprises courses that integrate studies of culture, language, learning and the academic environment, and human development. It is an interdisciplinary program designed to support career objectives related to public education in Crosscultural Language and Academic Development. The minor consists of a minimum of 18 units selected with an advisor. Courses in the department of the student’s major may not be used.

1. One course from each of the following areas (12 units):

  • Culture: ANTH 421/LING 425 or EDP 432/EDEL 430
  • Language: EDSP 454 or LING/CD 329
  • Schooling: EDP/LING 485
  • Development: EDP 301, EDP 302, HDEV 307I, or PSY 361

2. Six additional units, selected with an advisor, from the following:

  • Culture: AIS 319; ASAM 319; AFRS 319; CHLS 319; WGSS 319; ANTH 329, ANTH412I, ANTH/LING 413, ANTH 419, ANTH 421/LING 425, ANTH/WGSS 475, CHLS/ASAM 335I, EDP 432/EDEL 430
  • Language: ANTH 170; CHLS 402; EDSP 454; ENGL 327; LING/CD 329, LING 325, 363I, 472, 486.
  • Schooling: AIS 361; ASAM 310; AFRS 420; CHLS 340; EDP 305, 476, EDSP 350.
  • Development: EDP 301, 302; HDEV 307I; PSY 361.