2015 Linguistics Majors

Undergraduate Linguistics MAJOR

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

A Major in Linguistics consists of 12 courses of 3 credits each for a total of 36 credits.
A grade of C or better must be earned in all course work that is to be applied to the major.
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 at the bottom of this page. These requirements apply to those who have declared the Major in Fall 2015 or later.  The capstone requirement does NOT apply to those who declared the Major prior to Fall 2015.
Requirement R1: Introduction
(A)       201      Introduction to Linguistic Theory  (3 credits)
This course is required for Linguistics Majors and Minors.
It is a prerequisite for all courses in (B) and many (but not all) in (C) and (D): it must be taken before them. 
Requirement R2: Theoretical Subfields
(B)       Exactly 4 of the following courses  (12 credits total)
305      Syntax
315      Phonology
325      Semantics 
350      Pragmatics   

Requirement R3: Linguistics Electives (7 courses from two groups: (C) and (D))
(C)     3 of the following courses (9 credits total)
Courses in this list not used for (C) may be counted towards (D)!
381      Sociolinguistics (online)
411      Morphology
421      Language Typology
425      Romance Linguistics
451      Phonetics
481      Language and Law (online)
495/6   Senior Honors Thesis (one may apply to (C), second may apply to (E))

(D)    3 courses (9 credits total)
Three ways to fulfill:
-No more than 3 courses from the list below
-Courses from (C) that have not already been used for (C)
-Courses from the list of Approved Outside Courses

215      Language of Advertising (online)
393      Audiology (online)
            See the Approved Outside Courses.
Requirement R4: Capstone
Applicable to students who declared their Linguistics Major in Fall 2015 or later
(E)      Capstone Requirement (3 credits total - Choose one option!)
495/496 Senior Honors Thesis (first applies to (C), second applies to (E))

Departmental Honors Program/Senior Honors Thesis

To be considered for an Honors Thesis, 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 semesters researching and writing an honors thesis under the supervision of a faculty member from the Linguistics department.

Linguistics Majors wishing to participate in the honors program and write a senior honors thesis must identify and discuss their intentions with a potential thesis advisor in their junior year, and submit a written application to the Undergraduate Program Director no later than May 15 of their junior year, clearly indicating their proposed thesis advisor and general topic.

The thesis is to be submitted at the end of March of the senior year. An oral examination on the thesis is given by a thesis evaluation committee consisting of at least two Linguistics department faculty members. The committee does not include the student's thesis supervisor. 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 (high or highest).