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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. 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 Courses (33 credits)

Area A. Introduction to Linguistics (3 credits)

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.

Courses Which May be Used to Satisfy Requirement E


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)

  • (UCC: Written Communication)
  • or

  • (UCC: Written Communication)

  • (UCC: Oral Communication)  
  • Other Languages (Proficiency through Level IV in one language) (UCC: Humanities) - Credits Hours: 12.00
  • Mathematics (UCC: Quantitative Reasoning) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Statistics (UCC: Quantitative Reasoning) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • United States Tradition (UCC: Behavioral Social Science - if POL 10100  was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures (UCC: Behavioral Social Science - if ANTH 20500 was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics (UCC: Science, Technology & Society - if PHIL 27000  or POL 22300  was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Individual and Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspective (UCC: Science, Technology & Society - if HIST 38400  or HIST 38700  was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences (UCC: Science - requires 6 credits) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00

Electives (30 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 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
  • 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


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

“C” or better in all major courses required

A minimum GPA of B- (2.67/4.0) in the major overall required

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

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