Major

For the Class of 2015

Individuals who pursue a major in linguistics should take ten courses beyond the prerequisites, which are Linguistics 1 and a solid competence in a foreign language (this latter requirement may be met by taking two course in a language beyond the first-year level). Linguistic majors are also urged to study a second language not closely related to the first
The ten courses for the major should include the following:
1. Linguistics 22
2. Linguistics 20 or 21
3. At least three additional courses in the 20s (Linguistics 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27)
4. At least two more courses in Linguistics, including one that satisfies the requirement for a culminating activity, which may be met in one of three ways:
(a) completing a senior Honors thesis (Linguistics 87)
(b) taking an advanced seminar in linguistics (Linguistics 80)
(c) carrying out a one or two term independent study project (Linguistics 85). PLEASE NOTE: To apply for an independent study course, you must first contact a Linguistics faculty member.
5. Depending on the number of course taken under (b) or (c), up to four other courses, either from the Linguistics offerings or selected from the list below, in consultation with an adviser. Note that some of these courses are more suitable to those with an interest in formal linguistics, and others for those with an interest in natural languages or language and culture. Certain courses not listed here, such as advanced seminars in various departments, may also be counted toward the major with permission of the Chair: Anthropology 9, Computer Science 39, French 35, Mathematics 39, 69; Philosophy 6, 26, 32, 33, 34; Psychology 51 (if special topic is relevant to linguistics); Russian 62; Spanish 40.

Linguistics Major Worksheet (pdf)

For the Class of 2016 and onward

Students who pursue a major in linguistics should take ten courses beyond LING 1. Also, in addition to fulfilling the College foreign language requirement, linguistics majors should take two more foreign language courses. They may fulfill this requirement by taking two courses in a single language beyond the first-year level. Alternatively, one or both of these additional language courses may be in a different language not closely related to the first.
The ten courses for the major should include the following:
1. Linguistics 22
2. Linguistics 20 or 21
3. At least three additional courses in the 20s or 30s (Linguistics 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35)
4. At least two more courses in Linguistics, including one that satisfies the requirement for a culminating activity, which may be met in one of three ways:
(a) Completing a senior Honors thesis (Linguistics 86-87)
(b)  Taking an advanced seminar in linguistics (Linguistics 80)
(c) Carrying out a one or two term independent study project (Linguistics 85)
5. Up to three other courses, either from the Linguistics offerings or selected from the following list, in consultation with an advisor:  Anthropology 9; Education 58; French 35; Philosophy 6, 34; Russian 48.
Certain courses not listed here, such as advanced seminars in various departments, may also be counted towards the major with permission of the Chair.
 

Linguistics Major Worksheet (pdf)