Linguistics Major

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. The structure of a wide variety of languages is looked at, not to learn these languages, but to learn about them in order to understand the universal properties of human language.

The linguistics program offers coursework in all areas of linguistic analysis, the core areas of phonology, syntax, semantics, and historical linguistics, and interdisciplinary areas such as applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, bilingualism, computational linguistics, and the linguistics of certain languages and language families.

Preparation for the Major

Linguistics 101 (3 units)



A minimum of 27 upper division units is required: at least 21 of these must be in Linguistics (and those 21 must include Linguistics 420 or 501; 521, 522, and 525; and cannot include more than nine units from 300-level courses); with the approval of the advisor, up to six units may be selected from related fields.