College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Linguistics (B.A.)
At-a-Glance

Minimum hours required for major: 39

Minimum hours required for minor: 18

Special requirement: In order to earn a B.A. in Linguistics, a student must maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.5 or better, and a grade-point average of 3.0 or better in courses applied to the major.

Advising information: Freshmen and sophomores who are interested in majoring or minoring in Linguistics are advised to take LIN 120 Introduction to Language and Linguistics, which counts as a Linguistics requirement. (Please see the GenEd 08 Courses for applicability.  This course is cross-listed as ANT 120. Students interested in Linguistics should contact the administrative home of the Linguistics Program, the Department of Anthropology, CB 119, 216.687.2414.

Foreign language requirement:The college's foreign language requirement may be satisfied by taking a two-semester sequence of LIN 318 Language Analysis (4 credits each, cross-listed as ENG 318 or MLA 318) offered as Sanskrit, Old English, Old Norse, Mayan, or other languages. These also count as elective courses in the Linguistics major and minor.

Career information:

Current jobs for linguists are advertised on the Linguist List: http://www.linguistlist.org/jobs. Other pertinent information can be found on the website of the Linguistic Society of America: www.lsadc.org. Students preparing to teach English as a second language are advised to take courses in phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax, semantics, English grammar, applied linguistics, and teaching ESL. The Linguistics major is drawn from courses in anthropology, communication, education, English, modern languages, philosophy, psychology, and speech and hearing. Many students have found it advantageous to take a double major, combining linguistics with one of these fields.

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Major-Field Requirements

To earn a major in Linguistics, students must take at least 39 credits distributed among at least 10 courses. The number of credits in each course varies from 1 to 4, but most are 4 credits. Major course requirements are defined as follows:

  1. I. Introductory course (ONE of the following – 4 hours):

    Lower Division (open to freshman/sophomores as well as juniors/seniors)

    • ANT/LIN 120 – Introduction to Language and Linguistics (4)

    • -OR-

    Upper Division (note this requires junior/senior status)

    • ENG/LIN 311 – Elements of Linguistics (4)

    II. Core courses (23 hours minimum):

    A. All 4 of the following are required (15 hours):

    • SPH 228 – Phonetics (3)
    • ANT/LIN 340 – Phonology (4)
    • ANT/LIN 341 – Morphology and Syntax (4)
    • ANT 345 – Language and Meaning (Semantics) (4)

    B. Plus any 2 of the following (8 hours):

    • ENG/LIN 313 – Studies in Linguistics (4)
      *only when taught as Historical Linguistics
    • ANT 343 – Language and Gender (4)
    • ANT/LIN/MLA 342 – Languages in Contact (4)
    • ANT 304 – Linguistic Anthropology (4)

    Any course from Section IIB above not used as a core course can be applied as an elective.

    III. Electives (12 hours)

    • ANT/LIN/MLA 260 – Language, Culture, and Society (4)
    • ANT/LIN 347 – Maya Hieroglyphic Writing I (4)
    • ANT/LIN 447 – Maya Hieroglyphic Writing II (4)
    • COM 332 – Interracial Communication (4)
    • EDL 406 – Second Language Learning (3)
    • EDL 407 – TESOL Methods (3)
    • EDL 408 – Applied Linguistics for Teachers (3)
    • ENG/LIN 313 – Studies in Linguistics (4)
      *may be repeated with a change in topic
    • ENG/LIN 315 – Introduction to the English Language (4)
    • ENG/LIN/MLA318– Language Analysis (2 or 4)
      *may be repeated as a two-semester sequence or with a change in topic.
    • FRN 315 – French Phonetics (4)
    • LIN 293 – Topics in Linguistics ( 4)
    • LIN 310 – Traditional Grammar (4)
    • LIN 490 – Linguistic Internship (1-2)
    • LIN 493 – Special Topics in Linguistics (2 – 4)
    • LIN 496 – Independent Study in Linguistics (1-4)
    • MLA 201 – Words (3)
    • PHL 377 – Philosophy and Language (4)
    • PSY 372 – Memory and Cognition (4)
    • SPH 229 – Speech and Language Development (3)
    • SPH 431 – Basic Speech Language Disorders (4)
    • SPH/LIN 438 – Dialect Differences in the Schools (2)
    • SPN 293/393/493 – Special Topics in Spanish (1 – 4)
      *when topic is linguistic in nature
    • SPN 315 – Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (4)
    • SPN 416 – Studies in Spanish Linguistics (3)
    • SPN 417 – History of Spanish (3)

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Linguistics Minor

The minor in Linguistics requires at least 18 credits, with courses distributed as follows:

  1. Introductory course: ANT/LIN 120 or ENG/LIN 311
  2. Any two core courses (from section IIA above )
  3. Any two or more elective courses (from Sections IIA or IIB and III above)

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