Academic Notes

  • A grade of C or better is necessary for all courses offered toward a major in linguistics.
  • No courses offered toward the fulfillment of the requirements for the major may be taken on a pass/fail basis.


For questions, or to declare a major or minor, students should contact their designated advisor:

Requirements for the Major

Nine courses are required to complete a minor in language and linguistics.

Four Core Courses
  • LING 100 Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING 110 Phonological Theory
  • LING 120 Syntactic Theory
  • LING 130 Formal Semantics OR LING 140 Discourse and Pragmatics
One Advanced Language Course

This may be chosen from the following list:

ARBC 103a, 103b, CHIN 105a, 105b, FREN 104b, 105a, 106b, GER 103a, 104a, 105a, GRK courses higher than 100, HISP 105a, 106b, HBRW 141a, 161b, ITAL 105a, 106b, JAPN 105a, LAT courses higher than 100, RUS 105a, 106b.  

This is often a fifth semester language class. Other classes may be approved by permission of the undergraduate advising head. 

Four Electives

These include linguistics courses not used as core courses, or others chosen from among those listed in the Language and Linguistics University Bulletin section (under "Courses of Instruction").

If all four electives are non-LING courses, they cannot all four be from the same individual discipline. (For instance, all four could be LING courses, or three could be from philosophy and one from anthropology, but all four could not be from philosophy.)

Thesis (optional)

Students who meet the approval criteria may choose to write a senior thesis.

Students generally need to have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in linguistics courses to be admitted to the program. Students normally have completed most of the Language and Linguistics major before beginning the program.

The UAH and proposed advisor must agree that the student has completed enough core linguistics coursework at a consistently high level of performance to be prepared for writing a thesis.

The Linguistics Major Senior Thesis Guidelines and Regulations handout provides full information about the requirements and process of doing a senior thesis in linguistics.  Please click here to download a PDF copy:

Linguistics Major Senior Thesis Guidelines and Regulations