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FAQ

Becoming a Linguistics Major/Minor

Q: I’m interested in Linguistics, but I’m not sure where to start.
A: Consider these courses: Introduction to the Study of Language (01:615:101) offers a great introduction to Linguistics and the scientific study of language. Introduction to Linguistic Theory (01:615:201) is more theoretically oriented, and serves as a prerequisite for taking further 300-level courses as part of the major.
We also encourage you to check out the Linguistic Society of America's FAQ "Why major in Linguistics (and what does a linguist do)?"

Q: I have taken Introduction to the Study of Language (01:615:101) and/or Introduction to Linguistic Theory (01:615:201) and I really would like to major/minor in Linguistics. How can I do this?
A: Please visit our Major/Minor page.

Q: What courses do I need to take in order to major or minor in Linguistics?
A: Please visit our Major/Minor page.

Enrolling in Linguistics Courses

Q: I would like to register for a course, but it's already full. How can I get into the course?
A:
Please contact the UPD.

Q:
 I’m taking a non-Linguistics course that I think might count for the major or minor. How can I find out if it does count towards the major or minor?
A: Check out our Approved Courses from Outside Linguistics page and see if your course is on there. If the course is not on the list but you think it has significant linguistic content, please write to the Undergraduate Program Director with full details about the course (including the department, course name and number, and any other information you might have access to, and your RU ID) to see if it can be counted as an outside elective in category (D) of the major/minor.

Q: I am considering writing a senior thesis. What are my options?
A: Please contact the UPD (and include your RU ID!).

Getting Involved

Q: I want to get involved with Linguistics outside of the classroom. What can I do?
A: Check out our research lab page for more information on research opportunities. Considering joining a club. Check out the News & Events page for upcoming talks and colloquia that you can attend.

Contact the Department/Undergraduate Program Director (UPD)

Q: Whom do I contact if I have a question?
A: See our "Contact the UPD" page. During the Fall and Spring semesters, you may email the Undergraduate Program Director (UPD) (include your RU ID!) or visit during the UPD's designated office hours without an appointment. During the Summer and Winter breaks, please email the UPD to schedule an appointment (include your RU ID!).

 

 

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