Psychology and Linguistics Major

Who should become a joint major in Psychology and Linguistics?

This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in how people use language. The goal of this major is to introduce students to fundamental aspects of the study of psychology and linguistics, and in particular how these two perspectives on the study of language complement each other and inform human language usage. The major is particularly well suited for students interested in pursuing a graduate career in Cognitive Psychology, Linguistics, Communication, Cognitive Science, or Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Students completing the joint major (B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics) will be able to:

  • Think critically about psychological and linguistic research on language
  • Describe and apply experimental designs and quantitative and qualitative methods in the fields of linguistics and psychology
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing according to standards in the fields, and
  • Recognize situations in which ethical questions arise in psychology and linguistics, and apply appropriate standards.

What is the structure of the major?

The joint major, coordinated by the Dept. of Psychology and the Program in Linguistics, provides breadth and depth in the study of both of these fields. After acquiring basic knowledge of the subject matter and methodologies from each discipline, students will take elective courses which focus on specific issues in language and cognition. The major culminates in an independent research experience. Courses taken to meet the requirements for the B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics may not be taken under the S/U option.

Joint Psychology and Linguistics Major Requirements:

Joint Major Requirementsdownload flowchart
45-46 hours to complete 

To declare the Joint Psyc/Ling major:

Complete the onine Declaration of Major/Minor Form.

For more info about the major, contact:

Dr. Phillip Wolff (, Coordinator of the Joint Major
Dr. Marjorie Pak, (, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ms. Darni Bolden (, Academic Degree Program Coordinator