Linguistics Major (B.A.)

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements39
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements36-37
Free Electives42-35
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
Required Courses
LNGN 210Introduction to General Linguistics3
LNGN 220Structure of American English3
LNGN 230Language in Society3
or LNGN 245 Language and Culture
LNGN 300Syntax3
LNGN 301Semantics3
or LNGN 302 Pragmatics
LNGN 331Phonetics3
LNGN 332Phonology3
Major Elective Courses
Select 15-16 credits from the list below.15-16
Total Credits36-37

Major Electives

LNGN 110Language of Food3
LNGN 120Language and Computers3
LNGN 130Speech Processing4
LNGN 230Language in Society3
LNGN 245Language and Culture3
LNGN 240Languages of the World3
LNGN 250Language of Propaganda3
LNGN 255Language and Gender3
LNGN 260Dialectology3
LNGN 280Bilingualism3
LNGN 284History of the English Language3
LNGN/PSYC 288Introduction to Cognitive Science3
LNGN 301Semantics3
LNGN 302Pragmatics3
LNGN 304Principles of Discourse Analysis3
LNGN 310Morphology3
LNGN 320Quantitative Linguistics3
LNGN 325Principles of Second Language Learning3
LNGN 330Scripting Tools for Text Analysis3
LNGN 340Linguistic Annotation3
LNGN 350Linguistics of American Sign Language and Other Signed Languages3
LNGN 351Gesture, Sign, and Speech: The Multi-Modality of Communication3
LNGN 370Comparative and Historical Linguistics3
LNGN 380Corpus Linguistics3
LNGN 420Language and the Mind3
LNGN 430Field Methods3
LNGN 445Natural Language Processing3
LNGN 450Special Topics in Linguistics3
LNGN 478Independent Study3
PSYC 348Psycholinguistics3
LNGN 488Seminar in Cognitive Science3

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication 3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Introduction to General Linguistics (Fulfilled in the major.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits39

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives.0-3
Total Credits3-9
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics 3
World Language I 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
World Language II 3
LNGN 210 Introduction to General Linguistics 3
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
LNGN 220 Structure of American English 3
LNGN 230 Language in Society 3
Or Major Elective 1  
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
World Cultures 3
LNGN 245 Language and Culture 3
Or Major Elective 1  
Major Elective 2 3
Third Year
LNGN 300 Syntax 3
LNGN 331 Phonetics 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
LNGN 301
or Pragmatics
LNGN 332 Phonology 3
Major Elective 3 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
Major Elective 4 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Major Elective 5 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Credits120