The Linguistics Department offers two different majors and one minor: Linguistics Major, Linguistics Minor, and Computational Linguistics Major. The Linguistics Major may be modified with another program of study, but the Computational Linguistics Major may not. Because the Computational Linguistics Major is a combination of linguistics and computational coursework, students may not major in both Linguistics and Computational Linguistics, nor is there a minor in Computational Linguistics.

Linguistics Major

Students who pursue a major in linguistics should take ten courses beyond LING 1. Linguistics majors should also take two foreign language courses in addition to the College's foreign language requirement. They may fulfill this requirement by taking two courses in a single language beyond the first-year level in the same language as used to fulfill the College requirement. Alternatively, one or both of these additional language courses may be in a different language not closely related to the first. LING 8 and LING 35 may be used to fulfill one or both of these additional language courses; if used in this way, however, LING 8 and LING 35 may not also be counted towards the major.

The ten courses for the Linguistics Major should be constituted as follows:

  1. LING 22
  2. LING 20 or LING 21
  3. One course in the 30s (LING 33 or LING 35)
  4. At least three additional courses in the 20s or 30s (LING 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 33, 35)
  5. Four more courses in Linguistics, including one that satisfies the requirement for a culminating activity, which may be met in one of three ways:
    • Completing a senior Honors Thesis (LING 86 - LING 87)
    • Taking an advanced seminar in linguistics (LING 80)
    • Carrying out a one or two term Independent Study project (LING 85)
  6. Of the courses not used to satisfy the culminating activity requirement under 5, students may substitute up to two courses from the following, in consultation with an advisor: Anthropology 9, French 35, Philosophy 6, Philosophy 34, and/or 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.
  7. Majors may not include more than two courses designated as LING 11.

Linguistics Major Worksheet