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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Linguistics, BA

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About the Program

Students in linguistics scientifically study languages of all kinds. Offering a flexible selection of courses, the program will help you develop the analytical and observational skills necessary to understand how language influences society and cultures around the world. Courses in linguistics cover the methods of analyzing language, roles of languages in societies, word formation processes, mechanisms of producing speech sounds, as well as broader skills such as systematic observation and description, and communicating clearly. The program also offers a minor in Linguistics to complement other areas of study.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Linguistics  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

120 Credits

Effective Fall 2013, courses with a grade lower than “C” may not be used in the major, and students must have a minimum GPA of B- (2.67/4.0) in the major overall in order to graduate with a Linguistics major.

Linguistics Major Requirements (33 credits)

Area A. Introduction to Linguistics (3 credits)

Area C. Linguistics of Particular Languages (6 credits)

(a 30100 language skills level course is a pre-requisite or co-requisite)

One of the following 2-course language structure sequences

Area D. Language Courses providing Typological Diversity (6 credits)

Two courses from any one of the following sequences or in another less commonly taught language (a language that has substantially different typological properties from those usually taught)

* This language must be different from the language used to satisfy the School Core requirement in OTHER LANGUAGES

Area E. Electives in Linguistics (9 credits)

Three courses chosen as specified, and subject to the Note below.**

** Any linguistics course(s) may be used except the courses used to satisfy requirements in A, B, or C. Only one research practicum or independent study course may be used.


For those students who are so advised, there are Additional Enrichment Opportunities. These credits will NOT count towards the major, but provide opportunities to participate in faculty research activities or obtain experience in global language issues through coursework and study abroad experience.

Research Option: Two research practicum courses with Linguistics focus (ENGL 49400 ; LING 49900 ) conducted under a faculty advisor; a research paper written with Linguistics focus under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

Global Option: Two “Global Perspective” courses; one Study Abroad Experience with Linguistics focus.

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (54 - 56 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements

Electives (31-33 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

15-17 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15-16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15-16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15-16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Electives - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • REQ D - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ E - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Electives - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Electives - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • REQ E - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ E - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Electives - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Electives - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Electives - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

Courses Which May be Used to Satisfy Requirement E


* When the topic is in Linguistics

** This course is currently P/F, Documents are being submitted to change this to a graded course

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Expired Course

Any course without a link to its description is one that has been expired.  However, this course could fulfill the degree requirement historically.

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