Undergraduate Linguistics MAJOR
To declare a major in Linguistics, please go to mymajor.sas.rutgers.edu.
To be accepted as a Major you must pass 615:201 Introduction to Linguistic Theory with a grade of C or better.
A grade of C or better must be earned in all course work that is to be applied to the major.
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.
one applies to (C), second applies to (E))
Other Elective Courses allowed: At most 3 courses (9 credits) from (D) courses below or Approved outside courses)
Three ways to fulfill:
-Courses from (C) that have not already been used for (C) For example, you can fulfill R3 with 3 C 3 D, 4 C 2 D, 5 C 1 D, or all C!)
-No more than 3 courses from the list of (D) electives below
-Courses from the list of Approved Outside Courses
Applicable to students who declared their Linguistics Major in Fall 2015 or later
Departmental Honors Designation
- All students graduating with at least a 3.8 GPA in the Linguistics Major are designated as graduating with Departmental Honors. [updated 5/2023, effective for AY2023-2023]
Only those students completing a Senior Honors Thesis are eligible for High or Highest Honors. See below.
Senior Honors Thesis and High/Highest Honors
- 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 3.6 or better in courses counting toward the Linguistics Major. [updated 5/2023, effective beginning AY2023-2024]
- Linguistics Majors intending to write a senior honors thesis who have an agreed-upon faculty advisor must then submit a written proposal to the Undergraduate Program Director and cc their faculty advisor no later than May 31 of their Junior year. This proposal should clearly indicate the proposed thesis topic, the faculty advisor, and a general plan for working together with the advisor over the summer (optional) and into the next academic year. These details may be rather general, and precisified at a later time.
- 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 interested in pursuing an honors thesis MUST make contact with a faculty member in their Junior year to determine that faculty member's interest and willingness in serving as a thesis advisor. Students may not just identify a faculty advisor on their own. The thesis is a significant year+-long undertaking for both student and advisor!
- The thesis must be submitted by March 31 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 and a possible graduate student in Linguistics in the first two weeks of April. The committee does not include the student's thesis supervisor.
- On the basis of the thesis committee's report and if necessary, in consultation with the Undergraduate Program Director and the faculty advisor, the department determines whether the student is to be recommended for High or Highest departmental honors.
- All Honors Thesis students are designated as Paul Robeson Scholars.
- Only those thesis students earning Highest honors are nominated for the Henry Rutgers Scholar Award, evaluation of which is conducted outside of the department by a separate SAS committee.