Linguistics Major B.A.
- Preparation for teaching language, or English as a second or foreign language
- Careers in education, library science, artificial intelligence, psychology, and cognitive science and more
Major Code: BA5290
Contact: Dr. Michelle O'Malley
The B.A. in Linguistics offers various areas of focus including teaching English as a second or foreign language, the use of computers in language teaching, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and theoretical linguistics. Knowledge of foreign language equivalent to three years of college-level study is required.
Careers & Graduate School
A bachelor's degree in linguistics will benefit those who have an interest in language acquisition research, language teaching, and the development of materials and tools for language teaching, assessment, and research.
Students also may benefit from a specialization in teaching English to speakers of other languages, which is valuable in obtaining employment both at home and abroad as a teacher of English as a second or foreign language (TESL/TEFL).
Linguistics is also useful in fields such as education, library science, artificial intelligence, psychology, and cognitive science. Potential employers of linguists include, but are not limited to, public and private K-12 school systems, institutions of higher education, language institutes, software developers, local, state, and federal government agencies, public health departments, rehabilitation centers, etc.
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Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.
Change to Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.
External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.
University-wide Graduation Requirements
To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.
College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences
Linguistics Hours Requirement
Complete a total of 34 semester credit hours of LING coursework, including all of the requirements below.
Linguistics Core Requirements
Complete the following seven courses:
- LING 1010 - Grammar in Language Learning and Teaching Credit Hours: 1
- LING 3500 - Introduction to Linguistics Credit Hours: 3
- LING 4610 - Introduction to Phonology and Morphology Credit Hours: 3
- LING 4700 - Syntactic Description of English Credit Hours: 3
- LING 4750 - Language Learning Credit Hours: 3
- LING 4860 - Semantics and Pragmatics Credit Hours: 3
- LING 4901 - Sociolinguistics and Bilingualism Credit Hours: 3
Linguistics Elective Requirement
Complete 15 hours from the following courses:
- LING 2750 - Introduction to Language and Culture Credit Hours: 3
- LING 2800 - Language in America Credit Hours: 3
- LING 3300 - Introduction to Psycholinguistics Credit Hours: 3
- LING 3880 - Special Topics in Applied Linguistics Credit Hours: 3
- LING 3900 - Language and Gender Credit Hours: 3
- LING 4150 - Audio, Video and Multimedia in Language Learning Credit Hours: 3
- LING 4160 - Designing Advanced Interactive Computer Assisted Language Learning Materials Credit Hours: 3
- LING 4510 - Computers for Language Teaching I Credit Hours: 3
- LING 4520 - Computers in Language Teaching II Credit Hours: 3
- LING 4800 - Methods and Materials in TEFL Credit Hours: 3
- LING 4830 - Assessing Language Abilities Credit Hours: 3
- LING 4850 - Historical Linguistics Credit Hours: 3
- LING 4912 - Internship in TESOL Credit Hours: 1 - 3
- LING 4920 - English as a Second Language Teaching Practicum Credit Hours: 2
- LING 4921 - CALL Teaching Practicum Credit Hours: 2
- LING 4940 - Research Experience in Linguistics Credit Hours: 1 - 3
- LING 4941 - Directed Research in Linguistics Credit Hours: 1 - 3
- LING 4990 - Special Studies in Linguistics Credit Hours: 1 - 3
Linguistics Language Requirement
All College of Arts & Sciences B.A. students must complete two years of a foreign language. Linguistics majors must complete an additional year of the same or a different language.