Jun 03, 2020  
2019-2020 University Catalog 
    
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Linguistics, BA


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. Students learn ear training for discriminating speech sounds and analyze parts of speech, constituent phrases, sentence structure, representations, ambiguity, and applications of current theory. The program also offers a minor in Linguistics to complement other areas of study.

Please visit Linguistics for more information.

3 Year Degrees

A variety of majors in Liberal Arts offer students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in three years, allowing students to enter the work force or graduate school a year earlier than traditional plans of study.

Degree Requirements


120 Credits Required

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum


Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.

Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.

For the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum click here .

Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (33 credits)


Area A. Introduction to Linguistics (3 credits)


Area C. Linguistics of Particular Languages (6 credits)


  • Two-course language structure sequences - Credit Hours: 6.00 (See selective list below)

OR

  • Two- course sequence in language structure approved by Academic Advisor

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


  • Two courses from one of the sequences or in another less commonly taught language (a language that has substantially different typological properties from those usually taught) - Credit Hours: 6.00 (See selective list below)

This language must be different from the language used to satisfy the Liberal Arts Core requirement in OTHER LANGUAGES.

Area E. Linguistics Selective (9 credits)


  • Choose three courses - Credit Hours: 9.00 (See selective list 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.

Additional Requirements


Click here for Linguistics Supplemental Information  

Notes


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 (57 credits)


  • Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.
  • Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.
  • For the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum click here. 

Electives (30-33 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

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:


For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


 

Program Requirements


Fall 1st Year


15-16 Credits


Spring 1st Year


15 Credits


Fall 2nd Year


15 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


15 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


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

15 Credits


Notes


  • 32 credit hours of Purdue coursework at the 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • A minimum GPA of B- (2.67/4.0) in the major overall required. The P/NP option is not available for this requirement.
  • Liberal Arts offers a streamlined plan of study for students pursuing a second degree outside CLA. Contact the CLA Advising Office for more information.

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.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 

Disclaimer


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

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.