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Linguistics Major

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. The structure of a wide variety of languages is looked at, not to learn these languages, but to learn about them in order to understand the universal properties of human language.

The linguistics program offers coursework in all areas of linguistic analysis, the core areas of phonology, syntax, semantics, and historical linguistics, and interdisciplinary areas such as applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, bilingualism, computational linguistics, and the linguistics of certain languages and language families. 

Preparation for the Major

  • Linguistics 101 (3 units)
  • One course selected from:
    • Linguistics 270 (3 units)
    • Economics 201 (3 units)
    • Philosophy 120 (3 units)
    • Political Science 201 (3 units)
    • Psychology 280 (3 units)
    • Sociology 201 (3 units)
    • Statistics 119 (3 units)
    • Statistics 250 (3 units)

Major

A minimum of 27 upper division units to include at least 21 units in linguistics (and those 21 must include the courses below; and cannot include more than nine units from 300-level courses); with the approval of the adviser, up to six units may be selected from related fields. LING 305W may not be applied to the major.

  • Linguistics 420 (3 units) or Linguistics 501 (3 units)
  • Linguistics 521 (3 units)
  • Linguistics 522 (3 units)
  • Linguistics 525 (3 units) 

The undergraduate program offers courses in general, applied, and computational linguistics, which provides students with a broad background in linguistics. The undergraduate program prepares students to work in a language-related field in industry or education and/or to pursue graduate work specializing in some area of linguistics. Using the methods and theories of linguistics also teaches students how to solve problems, analyze structural patterns, and address multiple sides of a question, skills that can be applied to any area of study or profession.

PLG 1: Demonstrate knowledge about properties and diversity of languages of the world.
Demonstrate knowledge about (a) commonalities and diversity of language (within and across languages), language relationships, and language acquisition, (b) the nature and dimensions of cultural and linguistic variation, including non-standard varieties, within American society as well as globally.

PLG 2: Demonstrate ability to do critical thinking, logical reasoning, and comprehend scholarly writing on a linguistic topic.
Demonstrate ability to do critical thinking, logical reasoning, and comprehend scholarly writing on a linguistic topic.

PLG 3: Be prepared for graduate study in linguistics.
Be prepared for graduate study in linguistics: (a) demonstrate foundations in core areas of linguistics and their theoretical approaches, (b) demonstrate ability to perform systematic analyses of linguistic data.

PLG 4: Be able to contribute effectively to fields that needs employees with linguistics background.
Be able to contribute effectively to industry that needs employees with linguistics background, such as teaching and computers.

DLO 1: Perform linguistic analysis (English).
Perform linguistic analysis of language data from one or more dialects of English.

DLO 2: Perform linguistic analysis (LOTE).
Perform linguistic analysis of language data from languages other than English.

DLO 3: Produce academic papers synthesizing notions.
Produce academic papers synthesizing notions from topics in linguistics.

DLO 4: Articulate similarities and differences across different theoretical positions in linguistics.
Articulate similarities and differences across different theoretical positions in linguistics

DLO 5: Perform analyses of linguistic data at various levels such as phonology, and syntax.
Perform analyses of linguistic data at various levels such as phonology, and syntax.

DLO 6: Produce academic papers that reflect critical thinking and show qualities suitable for graduate work.
Produce academic papers that reflect critical thinking and show qualities suitable for graduate work.

DLO 7: Apply linguistic analysis to real world problems.
Use knowledge of language structure and use to shed light on problems in the social sciences and humanities.

DLO 8: Make GE connections.
Offer courses that help students meet the foundations and fulfill the goals and learning outcomes of GE courses in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Download the curricular matrix.


Contact Us

Ian Ruston, Program Advisor
Email: [email protected] | Office: SHW 226

 

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