Linguistics

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/ANT 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

Suggested Tracks

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

Linguistic Theory

LIN 227/427: Topics in Phonetics and Phonology

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Psycholinguistics

LIN 217/BCS 152/PSY 152/ASL 260: Language and Psycholinguistics
LIN 208/BCS 259/PSY 259: Language Development

Choose three:

Recommended elective:

Language and Computation

LIN 265/465: Formal Semantics
LIN 260/460: Syntactic Theory
LIN 247/447/CSC 247/447/BCS 235/534: Natural Language Processing

Choose one:

Speech

LIN 217/BCS 152/PSY 152/ASL 260: Language and Psycholinguistics
LIN 227/427: Topics in Phonetics and Phonology
BCS 110/PSY 110/CVS 110: Neural Foundations of Behavior
BCS 151/PSY 151/CVS 151: Perception and Action

Other relevant electives:

Language and the Mind

LIN 217/BCS 152/PSY 152/ASL 260: Language and Psycholinguistics
LIN 265/465: Formal Semantics
LIN 266/466: Formal Pragmatics
PHL 244/444: Philosophy of Mind
PHL 247/447: Philosophy of Language
BCS 111: Foundations of Cognitive Science

Linguistics Upper Level Writing

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

Exceptions:

1. A student who took LIN 210 before Fall 2015 or LIN 220 before Spring 2016 should have taken those
courses as a ULW course, which means doing the additional writing requirement associated with the
ULW version of the course. If so, the student’s should 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. The student
will need to work with the Linguistics Undergraduate Adviser to determine the appropriate course(s).