Linguistics and Communication Studies, BA

In the combined major in linguistics and communication studies, students have an opportunity to learn about the formal structures and analysis of human languages across multiple levels (sounds, words, phrases and sentences, meaning) while simultaneously mastering the fundamentals of effective communication and of communication theory and practice. Students receive extensive training in writing and speaking, both for a technical audience and more generally; and they explore the role of language and communication in society, both from a broad theoretical perspective and in narrower, more focused and applied domains.

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.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Linguistics Requirements

Required Linguistics Courses
LING 1150Introduction to Language and Linguistics4
LING 2350Linguistic Analysis4
LING 3412Language and Culture4
LING 3422Phonology4
LING 3450Syntax4
LING 3424Morphology4
or LING 3452 Semantics
Linguistics Electives
Complete two of the following, not used to fulfill the linguistics required courses above: 8
ASL Linguistics
Phonetics
Morphology
Bilingualism
Sociolinguistics
Semantics
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
Psychology of Language
Laboratory in Psycholinguistics
Seminar in Psycholinguistics

Communication Studies Requirements

Communication Studies Required Courses
COMM 1101Introduction to Communication Studies4
COMM 1112Public Speaking4
COMM 2301Communication Research Methods4
Foundation Course
Complete one course from the following:4
Persuasion and Rhetoric
Communication Theory
Principles of Organizational Communication
Communication in a Digital Age
Cluster Course
Complete one course from the following:4
Sex, Relationships, and Communication
Global and Intercultural Communication
Communication and Gender
Communication Law
Free Speech in Cyberspace
Writing-Intensive Courses
Complete two courses from the following:8
Mobile Communication
Health Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Communication and Inclusion
Political Communication
Rhetoric of Science
Great Speakers and Speeches 2, 1930–Present
Communication Criticism
Public Relations Principles
Free Speech: Law and Practice
Communication and Sexualities
Theories of Conflict and Negotiation
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Nonverbal Social Interaction
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Youth and Communication Technology
Crisis Communication and Image Management
Communication Studies Electives
Complete two additional COMM courses.8

Integrative Requirement

Sociolinguistics
LING 3442Sociolinguistics4
Communication Studies Integrative Course
Complete one of the following, not used to fulfill above requirements:4
Communication Criticism
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Capstone Experience
Complete one of the following, not used to fulfill above requirements:4
Seminar in Linguistics
Health Communication Campaigns
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Strategic Communication Capstone
Online Communities

Linguistics and Communication Studies Combined-Major Credit Requirement

Complete 76 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required