It is also possible to combine a major in linguistics with a major or minor in a particular foreign language; you may also wish to consider one of the joint majors.

The Linguistics Major in CAS

Learning Goals

Students graduating with a major in Linguistics are expected to attain:

  • An understanding of the fundamental questions that drive modern linguistic research, concerning formal structure, universals, acquisition, historical change, variation, and social dimensions of use.
  • Foundational knowledge in the core areas of linguistic theory, including phonetics, syntax, and semantics.
  • The ability to identify and describe with precision the empirical patterns found in sets of language data, and to construct well-reasoned linguistic analyses by formulating, testing, and refining hypotheses about these patterns.
  • The ability to critically evaluate popular beliefs regarding the nature and use of language, and to provide informed contributions to contemporary debates about language.
  • Experience in conducting the kind of research that is carried out in Linguistics, through projects, experiments, or field research; experience in presenting their own research and/or reviewing the literature through written papers and oral presentations.
  • Proficiency at or above the intermediate level in at least two non-native languages, as evidenced by the successful completion of courses at or above the third semester level.

Major Requirements

The Linguistics major consists of 12 courses: 8 in Linguistics and 4 in foreign languages, as listed below. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy general requirements of the College of Arts & Sciences. An advisor can assist you in designing your program of study.

Eight Linguistics courses

Introductory linguistics course

The following course, to be taken before other linguistics courses at the 300-level or higher:

Courses in linguistic theory

The following three courses in linguistic theory are required:

Linguistic analysis of a specific language

One course in the linguistic analysis of a specific language:

  Offered in English

 Knowledge of the language a prerequisite