Linguistics Major

The Program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics - LINGBA. Majors are exposed to a broad range of information in the study of language from the perspectives of physiology, cognition, meaning, society and culture.

After students have completed the Linguistics program, they will be able (minimally) to:

  • Think critically about language and linguistic research,
  • Describe and apply principles and methods in the field,
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing according to standards in the field, and
  • Follow ethical principles of the discipline.

Declaring the Major

The Declaration of Major/Minor Form is available online through the website of the Office of Undergraduate of Education - http://college.emory.edu/oue/about-us/forms/index.html

Advising

Majors are assigned an academic advisor and should meet with that advisor on a regular basis to discuss courses to take to meet the requirements for the major. In addition, students should talk to their advisors about future career plans if they include graduate training, as there may be additional courses they should take for entrance to graduate school. Advisors will be available during pre-registration. Sign-up sheets are placed outside each advisor's office in the weeks before pre-registration. It is strongly advised that students sign up as early as possible for advising. However, advisors often have more time to spend with students at times other than pre-registration. Please take advantage of these times when scheduling appointments. Dr. Marjorie Pak is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and can also answer questions. She may be reached at: 727-8077or mgpak@emory.edu. To change advisors, email a request to Ms. Darni Bolden at dbolde2@emory.edu.

Required Courses

The linguistics major consists of eleven courses, including two foreign language courses (normally at the 200 level or above), and three elective courses.

Completion of the major requires a minimum of a C average in the major. The S/U option may be exercised only in the elective component of the major, for a maximum of four credit hours. A maximum combined total of four hours of courses at the 490-499 level (Directed Study, Directed Research, Honors) may be applied toward the major. Courses completed in approved Linguistics study abroad programs can also be used to fulfill major requirements (with approval of the Program Director or designated faculty advisor).


I. Students are required to take three basic courses in the study of linguistics:

  • LING 101.  History of the American Languages
  • LING 201.  Foundations of Linguistics
  • LING 401.  Language, Mind and Society

II. Students will also take three breadth courses on key approaches to the study of linguistics:

One course in Structural Approaches to Human Language:

  • LING 210.  Sounds of Human Language (Phonetics and Phonology)
  • LING 212.  Structure of Human Language(Morphology and Syntax)
  • LING 214.  Meaning in Human Language (Semantics and Pragmatics)

One course in Cognitive Approaches to Human Language, including but not limited to:

  • LING 309.  Brain and Language
  • LING 316.  Language Acquisition
  • LING 318.  Second Language Acquistion
  • LING 385.  Special Topics Courses (e.g., Introduction to Psycholinguistics)

One course in Sociocultural Approaches to Human Language, including but not limited to:

  • LING 240.  Language and Culture
  • LING 327.  Language & Symbols of Media
  • LING 328.  Historical Linguistics and Language Change
  • LING 333.  Language, Gender and Sexuality
  • LING 340.  Topics in Sociolinguistics (e.g., Discourse Analysis, Language and Social Interaction, Ethnography of Communication, Intercultural Communication, Language Variation and Change)
  • LING 344.  Bilingualism and Multilingualism
  • LING 385.  Special Topics Courses (e.g., American English Dialects, Global Englishes, Speech Genres; Sociolinguistics of the Spanish-speaking World)

III. Students must take three electives, including any breadth course from the topics of structural, cognitive, or sociocultural approaches to human language OR courses such as:

  • LING 230.  Description and Analysis of Chinese Languages
  • LING 234.  Introduction to Japanese Linguistics
  • LING 235.  Chinese Writing Systems in Asia
  • LING 242.  Languages of the World (linguistic typology)
  • LING 285.  Introductory Topics in Linguistics
  • LING 350.  Health Communication
  • LING 360.  The English Language
  • LING 363.  Old English Language and Literature
  • LING 385.  Special Topics Courses
  • LING 485.  Advanced Topics in Linguistics
  • LING 505.  Problems in Foreign Language Teaching
  • LING 495A. & LING 495B. Honors
  • LING 497R.  Directed Reading: comprehensive theoretical reading
  • LING 499R.  Directed Research: research based on original data collection or analysis

IV. (as of Fall 2016) Students must take one course with a designated focus on research methods (min. 3 credit hrs.), including but not limited to:

  1. LING 340W Language Variation and Change
  2. LING 497 or LING 499 with DUS approval

NOTE: This course may also be counted toward the breadth (II) or elective (III) requirement for the major.
Students who declared the Linguistics Major before Fall 2016 are except from this requirement.

V. Students must take two foreign language courses.

  1. Two courses in one foreign language at the 200-level or above or
  2. Two courses in two different foreign languages at any level, with approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

NOTE: Students participating in the Amsterdam Study Abroad Program may use introductory Dutch to satisfy one semester of this requirement.

General advising:

  • LING 101 and LING 201 may be taken in either order. These are foundational courses that we recommend taking early in the major.  
  • LING 401 is a permission-only capstone senior seminar, intended for students who have completed most of the other major requirements. Permission to enroll is granted to seniors only, unless a compelling case can be made for taking it earlier.
  • The research-focused course (IV) is ideally taken sometime in the sophomore or junior year, after the foundational courses have been completed. Students who are interested in writing an honors thesis should take a research-focused course before their senior year, as preparation.
  • Students who are considering graduate school in Linguistics or a related field should meet with their advisers early on for guidance on additional recommended courses.
  • If you are an Oxford student and have not been able to take any linguistics during your first two years, it is still possible to complete the Linguistics major. Try to complete the Foreign Language requirement for the Linguistics major while you are at Oxford, and try to take LING-201 and at least one other linguistics course in your first semester on the main campus. Contact your faculty adviser in Linguistics and/or the Director of Undergraduate Studies for more guidance.

To declare the Linguistics major:

Ms. Darni Bolden, Modern Languages Bldg, Room 202C

Course Descriptions

AP Credit

There is no AP Examination in Linguistics.

Grade Dispute Policy

In the case of a grade dispute, the following steps must be taken:
  • The student will contact the instructor to discuss the grade and the assignment.
  • If the issue is not resolved, and the student wishes to pursue the dispute further, the student must contact the Program DUS or Director.
  • The DUS or Director will ask for both the student's and the instructor's perspectives on the issue and will recommend further action.
  • In case no satisfactory solution can be found at this level, then a College Dean will be asked to provide further recommendations for resolution of the dispute. Ultimately, it must be remembered that a) students have a right to know the reasons for which their grades are assigned and b) only course instructors can assign and change grades for a particular course.

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