Linguistics Undergraduate Major Requirements

Major Requirements:

Students must complete the General Education and other degree requirements applicable to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and an additional 36 or 39 units of major coursework depending on the year admitted (admit terms Fall 2022 and later require 39 units).

21-24 units of core coursework are required along with an additional 15 units of emphasis-specific coursework.

Core I Courses (15-18 units*)

  • LING/PSY 201 (Introduction to Linguistics)
  • LING 300 (Introduction to Syntax)
  • LING 314 (Phonetics)
  • LING 315 (Introduction to Phonology)
  • LING 364 (Introduction to Formal Semantics)
  • *LING 320 (Language & Social Issues; required for admit terms starting Fall 2022)

Core II Courses (6 units)

  • Two courses from any of the following specialization areas: computational linguistics, language revitalization and documentation, and psycholinguistics (consult our online program guide for specific courses)

Emphasis Specific Courses (15 units)

  • Required and elective courses from one of three emphases or sub-plans: General Linguistics (GELE), Linguistics & Languages (LILA), Academic/Professional Linguistics (APLI; consult our online program guide for specific courses)

Other things you should know:

  • LING/PSY 201 is a prerequisite for all other Core 1 Courses and many other core and elective courses. If you want to know where to start, start with LING/PSY 201 (in-person or online)
  • A minimum of 3 and up to 9 out of the 15 units in the LILA  track may come from courses on less commonly taught and/or differently-structured languages. These must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Up to 6 units of Independent Study or Directed Research in Linguistics may apply as linguistics electives (3 units are required in the General Linguistics Track). We strongly encourage you to enroll in at least one no matter the track you choose!
  • Any course with a "LING" prefix counts as a linguistics elective even if it is cross-listed with another department or program.
  • Double-dipping between majors (and minors) is allowed with the consent of both degree programs.

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