Linguistics, BS

The major in linguistics provides students with a strong foundation in the study of linguistics at both the structural and social levels. Course work on the structural side focuses on the internal structures that make up language and the methods and theories used to identify and understand these core structures (for example, in courses covering phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics), while course work on the social side emphasizes the methods and theories that are used to study and interpret patterns of social interaction at the linguistic level (for example, in courses covering language and culture, sociolinguistics, and language and gender). Additional course work draws from related fields to further develop students’ understanding of the broad spectrum of language-related domains (for example, the psychology of language, language acquisition, and historical linguistics, among other topics).

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Linguistics Major Language Requirement

Complete two courses in the same language with a grade of C or higher. Proficiency at elementary level 2 or higher is required.

Linguistics Major Requirements

Required Courses
LING 1150Introduction to Language and Linguistics4
LING 2350Linguistic Analysis4
LING 3412Language and Culture4
LING 3422Phonology4
LING 3424Morphology4
or LING 3452 Semantics
LING 3450Syntax4
PSYC 3464Psychology of Language4
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
PSYC 2320Statistics in Psychological Research4
Complete one of the following:4
Laboratory in Psycholinguistics
Laboratory in Cognition
Note: With prior approval, any of the following courses may be used to fulfill the laboratory requirement. Consult your advisor to discuss this option:
Research Seminar in Linguistics
Directed Study Research
Directed Study Research
Linguistics Seminar
LING 4654Seminar in Linguistics4
or PSYC 4658 Seminar in Psycholinguistics
Experiential Learning
Complete one of the following options, or complete a study abroad (not a Dialogue of Civilizations):4
Directed Study
Directed Study Research
Junior/Senior Honors Project
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
and Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Linguistics Electives
Complete four of the following:16
ASL Linguistics
History of English
Language and Gender
Topics in Linguistics
Seminar in Linguistics
Research Seminar in Linguistics
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Directed Study Research
Directed Study Research
Language and the Brain
Cognitive Development
Laboratory in Psycholinguistics
Laboratory in Cognition
Seminar in Psycholinguistics
Seminar in Cognition
Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience

Linguistics Major Credit Requirement

Complete 68 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Sample Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
LING 11504LING 23504Vacation0Vacation0
PSYC 11014PSYC 34644  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
MATH 12154Foreign language course4  
LING 10001   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
LING 34124LING 34224Vacation0Co-op0
PSYC 23204Linguistics elective4  
Linguistics elective4Elective4  
Foreign language course4Elective4  
 EESC 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0LING 34504Elective4Co-op0
 Linguistics elective4Elective4 
 ENGW 33154  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0LING 3424 or 34524Elective4Co-op0
 Laboratory course4Elective4 
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
Co-op0Linguistics seminar4  
 Linguistics elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 130