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Linguistics - Undergraduate Programs

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


Lower Division:

  • Take the following courses:
    • LING 101 Introduction to World's Languages (3)
    • LING/ANTH 170 Introduction to Linguistics (3)

Upper Division:

  • Take the following courses:
    • LING 325 Modern English Grammar (3)
    • LING 329 Introduction to Language Acquisition (3)
    • LING 420 English Phonology (3)
    • LING 421 English Syntax (3)
  • Take eight courses (24 units) from the following:
    • LING 413, 423, 425, 426, 428, 433, 470, 472, 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 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)

This minor consists of a minimum of 21 units, with at least one course selected from each of five categories. Although not required for the minor, foreign language courses are recommended. 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:
    • LING/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; Special Topics on linguistics subjects offered through participating departments. These topics are shown on an approved list available in the participating departments.

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

For requirements, see description in the Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling.