Linguistics majors

For Applied Linguistics, see Applied Linguistics.

All linguistics subject area majors must complete the following:

  • one course in introduction to linguistics
  • two years of one foreign language
    Note: Applicants must complete a minimum of one year (two semesters/three quarters) of college-level courses in one of the selected language to be considered for admission. Completion of intermediate/advanced courses is strongly preferred. Completion of at least one year of high school in which the primary language of instruction was the selected language may be substituted for lower division language preparation.

See below for additional requirements by individual major:

Linguistics

  • one course of a second language
    (At least one year must be in a language other than those in the Romance, Slavic, or Germanic families.)
  • a choice of two of the following:
    • one course in symbolic logic
    • one course in introductory psychology
    • one course in sociocultural anthropology

Linguistics and Anthropology

  • one year of a second language
    (At least one year must be in a language other than those in the Romance, Slavic, or Germanic families.)
  • strongly recommended: one course in anthropology (culture and communication)

Linguistics and Computer Science

Note: Linguistics and Computer Science majors may complete one year each in two foreign languages instead of two years of one.

  • one year of calculus with analytic geometry
  • one symbolic logic course
  • four computer programming courses
  • strongly recommended: once course in discrete structures

Linguistics and English

  • one year of a second language
  • one course in critical reading and writing (composition and literature)
  • one year of survey of English literature
  • one course in symbolic logic

Linguistics and Philosophy

  • one year of a second language
  • two courses in symbolic logic
  • two introductory courses in Western philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of mind, or skepticism and rationality

Linguistics and Psychology

  • one year of a second foreign language
  • one course in introductory psychology  
  • one introductory course in cognitive science
  • strongly recommended: one introduction to programming course

more information about these majors:

Linguistics
Linguistics and Anthropology
Linguistics and Computer Science
Linguistics and English
Linguistics and Philosophy
Linguistics and Psychology

department homepage

back to L&S major preparation listing