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Undergraduate Program

Major Requirements

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The linguistics major explores the structure of human language, including formal tools for collecting, describing, and analyzing linguistic data. The major also draws on courses offered by other departments and programs within the college, cutting across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Required Courses

The linguistics major requires a total of ten courses. All majors must take the basic five core courses. Students must also take five additional electives, at least three of which must be at the 200-level or above. Four of these electives must fit into either a pre-approved track or a specialized track arranged with the undergraduate advisor.

Core Courses

LIN 110: Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
LIN 210/410: Introduction to Language Sound Systems
LIN 220/420: Introduction to Grammatical Systems
LIN 225/425: Introduction to Semantic Analysis
LIN 389: Senior Seminar

In addition to the five Core Courses listed above, to complete a major in Linguistics you will need 5 more courses.  At least two of these courses need to be at 200-level or above.  Suggested tracks are listed below. 

Suggested Tracks

Students can either choose one of the 5 suggested tracks below or create their own track with the consultation and approval of the undergraduate advisor, Prof. Maya Abtahian. 

1 Linguistic Theory   

[recommended if you intend to pursue graduate study in linguistics]
    • LIN 226 Morphology
    • LIN 227 Topics in Phonetics and Phonology
    • LIN 260 Syntactic Theory
    • LIN 265 Formal Semantics or LIN 266 Introduction to Pragmatics or LIN 228 Lexical Semantics
    • Plus one elective

 

2 Language Documentation and Description

    • LIN 226 Morphology
    • LIN 270 Tools for Language Documentation
    • LIN 271 Field Methods in Linguistic Description I
    • LIN 272 Field Methods in Linguistic Description II

One of:

    • LIN 205 Historical Linguistics           
    • LIN 227 Topics in Phonetics and Phonology
    • LIN 260 Syntactic Theory
    • LIN 265 Formal Semantics
    • LIN 224 Introduction to Computational Linguistics
    • LIN 228 Lexical Semantics

3 Language variation and change

    • LIN 102 Language and Social Identity
    • LIN 162 Modern African-American English
    • LIN 205 Historical Linguistics
    • LIN 227 Topics in Phonetics and Phonology
    • Plus one 200-level elective

4 Computational Linguistics

One of:

    • LIN 247/CSC 247 Natural Language Processing
    • LIN 224 Introduction to Computational Linguistics
    • LIN 250 Data Science for Linguistics

One of:

    • LIN 248/BCS233/CSC 248 Statistical Speech & Language Processing
    • LIN 281 Statistical Computational Linguistics

One of:

    • LIN 260 Syntactic Theory
    • LIN 265 Formal Semantics
    • LIN 266 Introduction to Pragmatics
    • LIN 228 Lexical Semantics
    • Plus one elective

5 Language and the Mind

    • LIN 104 Language and Culture
    • LIN 265 Formal Semantics
    • LIN 266 Introduction to Pragmatics or LIN 228 Lexical Semantics
    • PHL 247 Philosophy of Language
    • Plus one elective

 

Linguistics Upper Level Writing

All Linguistics majors must now take W versions, LIN 210W and LIN 220W to satisfy the Upper Level Writing (ULW) requirement of the major.

Exceptions:

1. For any student who took LIN 210 before Fall 2015 or LIN 220 before Spring 2016 and took those
courses as a ULW course.  The student’s name will appear on a master list maintained by the
Linguistics Undergraduate Adviser.

2. A student who took LIN 210 or LIN 220 before having planned to major in Linguistics. 

  • In this case, other 200-level Linguistics courses can be taken “as ULW”, with the instructor’s permission.
  • Please contact the Linguistics Undergraduate Adviser to determine the appropriate course(s).