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The study of linguistics offers students a liberal education and a window into the fascinating human linguistic capacity. Students can obtain BAs with a major or minor in linguistics, and many students double-major in linguistics and another field. The BA prepares students for graduate study in linguistics and related fields. It also develops analytical and verbal skills that are valuable in a wide variety of professional careers. Graduation Plan (in pdf).
The BA in Linguistics
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Major core requirements: 21 credit hours. All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.
I. Required areas/courses
Introduction to Linguistics.
LINGST 1060 Human Language
Language Structure. At least one in-depth structure course such as:
LINGST 4600 Structure of American English
LINGST 4630 Phonology (Typically offered Spring semesters)
LINGST 4640 Syntax (Typically Fall semesters; a structure course is prerequisite)
Semantics. One of the following:
LINGST 2700 Elementary Logic
II. Electives. Choose at least one additional 3-4 credit course from any part of the linguistics curriculum, including but not limited to those listed above and below.
LINGST 4620 Regional and Social Dialects of American English
Language and Culture.
LINGST 3470 Culture as Communication
Historical Linguistics and Language Change.
LINGST 4610 History of the English Language
LINGST 3010 American Phonetics
Language and the mind.
LINGST 4810 Psycholinguistics
III. Capstone requirement.
LINGST 4870 Field Methods in Linguistics (Typically offered in Spring semesters)
Topics courses such as LINGST 2001, 3001 and 4001 may also satisfy course requirements by arrangement with the chair. Substitutions may be approved for courses in one of the required areas if no courses are available in that area during a student's senior year.
A program leading to a BA with honors is also available.
Undergraduate Minor in Linguistics
Consistent with general guidelines for a minor, the minor in linguistics consists of at least 15 credits. These may be selected from any part of the linguistics curriculum.
Graduate Minor in Linguistics
A graduate minor field in linguistics is available to graduate students. It is comprised of 12 hours, two courses of which are required and two are to be selected from a list of upper level linguistics classes:
Sample list from which two additional courses will be selected (appropriate substitutes may be accepted at the discretion of the chair):
LINGST 7420: Historical Linguistics (3)
Graduate degrees in linguistics are not offered. MA and PhD degree programs with emphasis in linguistics and language are available in some cooperating departments (anthropology, communication, English, Romance Languages, philosophy).
The linguistics area program is staffed by faculty from various departments. Supporting course work may include foreign languages, literature, psychology, philosophy, English, education, speech, anthropology or South Asian studies.
Financial aid, when available, is arranged through the participating departments.
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