The Linguistics major is composed of ten courses, eight of which must be at the 200 level or above. The courses combine empirical methods with theory. They are devised to provide depth and breadth in linguistic theory, the different schools of linguistics, the history and development of linguistic thought, and the interdisciplinary aspects of linguistics in the context of languages and cultures.

Requirements: 10 Courses

  • LINGUIST 201 Introduction to Linguistics
  • LINGUIST 202 Languages of the World
  • LINGUIST 450S Junior/Senior Seminar in Linguistics - Offered every Spring
  • Three courses in linguistics theory. Here are some examples:
  • Two courses taken from one of the following Disciplinary Areas:
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • English
  • German
  • Italian
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology and Brain Science
  • Romance Studies
  • Slavic and Eurasian Studies
  • Spanish
  • Language Requirement: Two semester courses in a single language other than English at or above the 300 level, excluding languages in which the student possesses native proficiency in speech and writing. 

Linguistic Theory Component

Linguistic Theory courses provide the theoretical and empirical constructs for the study of linguistics. If you wish to count a course toward theory that is not listed here, you should speak with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Disciplinary Areas Component

No course taken for credit as theory may be counted to fulfill the disciplinary concentration requirement. Qualifying courses are those taught by the Linguistics Program, unless you request prior approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Language Requirement

Students with advanced placement credits or other evidence of foreign language proficiency are not exempted from this requirement. Advisor's approval is required in order to determine the language chosen for the major. The specific language courses are too numerous to list here. Advisors should also be consulted for specific approval of the language choice if it does not conform to the list below or in the case of a tri-lingual student: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish.