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Majoring in Linguistics

Each major is normally expected to select courses in accordance with the following plan:

Required Credit Hours: 35
Major Computing Requirement:

(with a grade of C- or better)

  • LING 405 - Descriptive Linguistics (4) / ANTH 412 - Descriptive Linguistics
Major Writing Requirement:

(with a grade of C- or better)

  • LING 405 - Descriptive Linguistics (4) / ANTH 412 - Descriptive Linguistics
Core Requirements:

Courses are to be selected by the student in consultation with a faculty member.

Required Courses (23 Credits):
  • LING 220 - Study of Language (4)
  • LING 304 - Generative Syntax (3)
  • LING 307 - Phonetics and Phonology (3)
  • LING 308 - Language and Culture (3)
  • LING 418 - Language Patterns: Types and Universals (3)
  • LING 405 - Descriptive Linguistics (4)
  • LING 303 - History of the English Language (3) or
  • LING 406 - Language and Society (3) or
  • LING 410 - Language Attitudes (4) or
  • LING 415 - Linguistic Anthropology (3)

If taking more than one, other(s) may be counted as electives.

Elective Choices (12 credits):
  • LING 404 - Historical Linguistics (3)
  • LING 400 - Meaning and Understanding in Western Cultural Thought (3)
  • LING 464 - Topics in Linguistics (1-3) – may be repeated when topics vary
  • LING 474 - Research Seminar in Linguistics (4)
  • * LING 481 - Independent Study in Linguistics (1-3)
  • † INTR 480 - Independent Study (1-4)
  • † INTR 495 - Interdisciplinary Honors (3)
  • † INTR 496 - Interdisciplinary Honors (3)
  • One semester of a non-Indo-European language
Additional Information:

The student may propose other courses, including study-abroad courses, to count towards the major. Such choices will be approved on a case-by-case basis, depending on the overall coherence of the student’s proposed major program. Examples of such courses include but are not limited to the courses listed below.

Students with appropriate qualifications can pursue Honors work in linguistics. After approval of their program of study by the Advisory Committee and the Director of the Charles Center, they will be enrolled during their senior year in INTR 495 and INTR 496.

  • ANTH 440 - Primate Cognition and Communication
  • FREN 304 - French Phonetics and Diction (3)
  • HISP 387 - Topics in Linguistic Research (3)
  • MDLL 346 - Foreign Language Acquisition Processes: Theory and Practice (3)
  • PHIL 406 - Philosophy of Language
  • ARAB 304 - Introduction to Arabic Dialects (3)