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Foreign language requirement (Required for Both Tracks)

Since the study of linguistics involves familiarity with language other than one's native language, knowledge of a foreign language is a requirement for a degree in linguistics. This requirement, which also satisfies the foreign language requirement of the College of Liberal Arts, involves either one year of an uncommon or non-Western language or two years of any foreign language. International students whose native language is not English and who have successfully satisfied the requirement of the office of Admissions and Records for English language proficiency will also have satisfied the Linguistics Department foreign language requirement by offering English as their foreign language.

Notes for Planning Your Course of Study

  • Not every course is offered every semester. Other courses are occasionally offered and some courses in other departments can be counted with permission of the undergraduate advisor.
  • You are advised to see the department's undergraduate advisor before you register each semester. S/he will be able to tell you which courses are on the schedule for the next semester. Also remember that some courses must be taken in a certain sequence. In particular, you must take Phonetics (402) before Phonology (405) before Historical Linguistics (406). In addition, you must have Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics (300), Phonetics (402), and Syntactic Theories (408) before you take Psycholinguistics (445).
  • As an undergraduate major, you are a member of the Linguistics Student Association (LSA) and are welcome at the events (picnics, parties, etc.). In addition, you will have a mailbox with your name on it in the Linguistics Department mailroom (Faner 3233). Since your mailbox is used as the primary way to communicate with you, you should check it several times a week.
  • Remember that there are additional requirements: one year of an uncommon or non-Western language or two years of a common language. International students whose native language is not English may count their study of English to fulfill this requirement. Also, Linguistics is in the College of Liberal Arts, and there is a COLA requirement: English or Linguistics 290 (Advanced English Composition).