Undergraduate

Major/Minor in Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics offers a Major and a Minor in linguistics, both designed to provide solid training in the core areas of the discipline as well as the flexibility necessary for individual students to pursue their own specialized interests. If you are interested in learning more about what career paths a Major or Minor in Linguistics can prepare you for, see the “About Linguistics” page. Prof. Kristen Syrett has co-authored the brochure for the Linguistic Society of America, "Why Major in Linguistics (and what does a linguist do)?”, which can provide you with helpful information on the value of a Linguistics major or minor and information about possible career paths.


Undergraduate Linguistics MAJOR

A MAJOR in Linguistics consists of 11 courses of 3 credits each for a total of 33 credits.
The distribution of these courses falls into four main categories, as specified below. Majors may also participate in the Departmental Honors Program in their senior year (see requirements below).
 
A grade of C or better must be earned in all course work that is to be applied to the major.
 
(A)       201      Introduction to Linguistic Theory
(3 credits)
 
(B)       All three of the following courses
(9 credits total)
305      Syntax
325      Semantics
315      Phonology
 
(C)      Four upper-level courses in the department from the following list
(12 credits total)
330      Historical linguistics
350      Pragmatics
360      Theories of language
381      Sociolinguistics (online)
411      Morphology
415      Evolution of the Human Language Capacity
421      Language typology
425      Romance linguistics
431      Investigations into an unfamiliar language
435      Experimental Methodologies in Language Acquisition
441      Linguistics and cognitive science
451      Phonetics
461      Linguistics of Signed Languages
471      Selected Topics in Linguistics
493/4   Independent study
495/6   Honors in Linguistics
 
(D)      Three additional courses, which can be any combination of the following: courses offered in list (C) that have not already been used for the four required courses in (C), courses from the following list in (D), and/or courses from the list of approved outside courses
(9 credits total)
215      Language of Advertising (online)
371      Psychology of Language
373      Language Acquisition
391      Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (online)
393      Audiology (online)
445      Language and Cognition
491      Practicum in Linguistics
            See list of approved outside courses on the website.
 
Undergraduate Linguistics MINOR
A MINOR in Linguistics consists of 7 courses of 3 credits each for a total of 21 credits.
The distribution of these courses falls into four main categories, as specified below.
 
A grade of C or better must be earned in all course work that is to be applied to the major.
 
(A)       201      Introduction to Linguistic Theory
(3 credits)
 
(B)       Any two of the following courses
(6 credits total)
305      Syntax
325      Semantics
315      Phonology
*Note: Any one of the above three courses not counting towards the core course requirement in (B) may be applied to (C).
 
(C)       Two courses from the list of courses in (B) above that have not already been used for the two required courses in B and/or courses from the list in (C) above.
(6 credits total)
See list of courses in (C) in the “MAJOR” area above.
 
(D)       Two courses from the list of courses offered in (C) that have not already been used for the two required courses in (C), courses from list in (D), and/or courses from the list of approved outside courses.
(6 credits total)
See list of courses in (D) in the “MAJOR” area above and list of approved outside courses on the website.

 


Declaring a Major

To be accepted as a Major you must pass 615:201 Introduction to Linguistic Theory with a grade of C or better. To declare a major in Linguistics, please go to mymajor.sas.rutgers.edu


Declaring a Minor

To be accepted as a Minor you must pass 615:201 Introduction to Linguistic Theory with a grade of C or better. To declare a minor in Linguistics, please go to mymajor.sas.rutgers.edu.


Departmental Honors Program

Students wishing to participate in the honors program in their senior year must make written application to the Undergraduate Program Director no later than May 15 of their junior year.

To be considered, a student must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better and a grade-point average of 3.4 or better in courses counting toward the Linguistics major. Students selected to participate in the program enroll in 01:615:495/496 and spend two terms researching and writing an honors thesis under the supervision of a faculty member from the Linguistics department.

After the thesis is submitted, an oral examination on the thesis is given by a committee consisting of the student's honors program supervisor and two other Linguistics department faculty members selected with the approval of the Undergraduate Program Director. On the basis of the committee's report on the thesis and the examination, the department determines whether the student is to be recommended for departmental honors.


Undergraduate Program Director

Please contact the Undergraduate Program Director for further information or to arrange an appointment:

      Undergraduate Program Director

      Professor Veneeta Dayal

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