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, as of Fall 2016, an additional 36 units of major coursework (half of these must be upper division; for admit terms prior to Fall 2016, please consult our online program guide for major requirements).

The 36 units include 21 units of core coursework and an additional 15 units of track-specific coursework.

Core I Courses (15 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)

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)

Track Specific Courses (15 units)

  • Required and elective courses from one of three tracks or sub-plans: General Linguistics, Linguistics & Languages, Academic/Professional Linguistics (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 (typically offered every semester in-person, 16 week online, and 7.5 week online)
  • Any course with a "LING" prefix counts as a linguistics elective.
  • Up to 9 out of the 15 units in the Linguistics & Languages track may come from less commonly taught and/or differently-structured language courses.
  • 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 no matter the track you choose.
  • Double-dipping between majors (and minors) is allowed with the consent of both degree programs.

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