To declare a major or minor, complete the Declaration of Major Form in OPUS (under the Course Planning and Enrollment tile).

Linguistics Major

The Program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics. The major is designed to introduce students to fundamental aspects of the study of human language, emphasizing how an interdisciplinary approach to language better informs a global understanding of language use, structure, acquisition, variation and change. Specifically, the program aims to show how structural, cognitive and sociocultural approaches to the study of language compare, contrast and complement one another.

The major is designed so that students acquire and reinforce a solid introductory base in the study of linguistics (normally Linguistics 101 and 201, followed later by 401). Students then must take a series of breadth courses to ensure more intensive study in a) language and cognition, b) linguistic structure and meaning, c) language, society and culture. Along with this required exposure to different fields and approaches, students take elective courses to deepen their understanding of one or more of the approaches to the study of language. Majors are also required to take two foreign language courses.

Joint Major in Psychology and Linguistics

This Joint Major is designed for students who have a primary interest in language and cognition and its particular goal is to show how the research perspectives of linguistics and psychology complement each other in study of human language use. Required courses provide students with basic knowledge of the subject matter and methodologies from each discipline.

Joint Major in Spanish and Linguistics

This Joint Major combines courses from two different programs: the Spanish program is fundamentally defined by the Spanish language and the study of the cultures and societies that use it, while the Linguistics program focuses on the theoretical and comparative study of human language and languages. The complementarity of these approaches enriches students’ understanding of the Spanish language as well as human language in general.

Linguistics Minor

For the Linguistics minor, students take two core courses—Linguistics 201 and either 101 or 401—as well as two electives and two foreign language courses.

Quantitative Sciences Major, Linguistics Track

QSS Linguistics track major will teach you to model knowledge and language computationally and to use data to find patterns in how people acquire language and track linguistic variations across speakers and geography.
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