Linguistics, Bachelor of Arts College of Letters & Science

Linguistics is the systematic study of human language. It focuses on theories of language structure, variation, and use, description of contemporary languages, and the examination of language change through time. Because of the pervasive influence of language in our everyday lives, work in linguistics interacts in important ways with studies carried out in many other fields, including psychology, anthropology, neuroscience, philosophy, computer science, sociology, literature, language teaching, communication and education.

The Program

An introductory lower division course provides students with basic concepts and some of the methods needed to analyze language in a systematic way. Upper division courses probe more deeply into specific aspects of language structure, language use, and the relationship of language to other realms of human activity.

Career Alternatives

Majors in linguistics find practical outlets for their linguistic training in a variety of fields: the computer science industry (software development); teaching English as a second language; foreign language teaching; elementary and secondary level bilingual-bicultural programs; language-oriented missionary work; bilingual-bicultural curriculum development (e.g., for publishing houses); legal work; speech therapy; lexicography (preparation of dictionaries). All of these types of employment share an interest in persons skilled in the analysis of language, spoken and/or written. Linguistics equips students with just such skills.

Grading Recommendation

Though not required, it is recommended that all courses offered in satisfaction of the Linguistics major be taken for a letter grade.

Faculty Advisor

Contact the Department of Linguistics

Honors & Honors Program

The honors program consists of 6 units of 194H credit normally taken in the fall and winter quarters of the senior year. Completion of the program is a prerequisite for High or Highest Honors at graduation. Specific eligibility criteria may be obtained from the major advisor. For general information regarding graduation with honors and Dean’s Honors Lists, please see Academic Information.

Graduate Study

The Department of Linguistics offers a program of study leading to M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. More detailed information may be obtained from the Graduate Advisor or from the Chairperson of the Linguistics Department.

Graduate Advisor

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The major requirements below are in addition to meeting University Degree Requirements & College Degree Requirements; unless otherwise noted. The minimum number of units required for the Linguistics Bachelor of Arts is 48.

Preparatory Subject Matter
LIN 001Introduction to Linguistics4
or LIN 001Y Introduction to Linguistics
Foreign language, one course beyond the 15-unit requirement of the College of Letters & Science in the same language used to fulfill the college requirement.0-20
Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal4-24
Depth Subject Matter
LIN 103ALinguistic Analysis I: Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology4
LIN 103BLinguistic Analysis II: Morphology, Syntax, Semantics4
LIN 111Introduction to Phonological Theory4
LIN 131Introduction to Syntactic Theory4
Choose three:12
Introduction to Phonological Theory
Text Processing & Corpus Linguistics
Introduction to Syntactic Theory
Languages of the World
Historical Linguistics
Language Universals & Typology
Choose one:4
American Voices
Language, Gender, & Society
Introduction to Applied Linguistics
The Spanish Language in the United States
Choose one:4
Introduction to Psycholinguistics
Language Development
Biological Basis of Language
Computational Linguistics
Second Language Learning & Teaching
Choose at least 8 upper division units:8
Any LIN upper divsion course not used to fulfill area above or one of the approved courses below.
Language & Identity in Africa & the African Diaspora
The Ethnographic & Literary Imagination
Language & Culture
History & Approaches to Multilingualism in K-12 Contexts
History of the English Language
English Grammar
French Phonetics
Linguistic Study of French-Language in Context
Linguistic Study of French: Form & Meaning
History of the French Language
The Modern German Language
Cognitive Development
Japanese Linguistics
Learning Native American Languages
Philosophy of Language: Theory of Reference
Philosophy of Language: Truth & Meaning
Philosophy of Language: Semantics & Pragmatics
Contemporary Analytic Philosophy
Language & Cognition
The Structure of Spanish: Sounds & Words
The Structure of Spanish: Words & Phrases
Spanish Pronunciation
Contrastive Analysis of English & Spanish
History of the Spanish Language
History of the Spanish Language
Applied Spanish Linguistics
Teaching Spanish as a Native Tongue in the U.S.: Praxis & Theory
Topics in Spanish Linguistics
Depth Subject Matter Subtotal44
Total Units48-68