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Degree Requirements

Linguistics is a Bachelor of Arts. In addition to the major, students must complete the general education and bachelor degree requirements, including the BA language requirement. In order to declare linguistics as a major or minor, you need to make an appointment with an advisor. You will work with your advisor to select electives that meet your needs and interests.  Below are course suggestions if you are interested in the following: Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics, Discourse analysis or Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics, Phonology, Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Syntax, and TESOL/Language Teaching.

36 credit hours: 12 courses

Effective Fall 2016

Linguistics Foundation Course- Complete one of the following with a B or better:

LING 1069: Bad Words and Taboo Terms
LING 1200: Introduction to the Study of Language
LING 3050: Crosswords and Language
LING 3066: Origins of English Words
LING 3170: Language and Nature
LING 3470: Language and Culture IR
LING 3480: Language and Social Justice

Linguistics Core Courses- Complete all of the following:

LING 4010: Intro to Phonetics/Phonology (LING Foundation course)
LING 4020: Intro to Syntax (LING Foundation course)
LING 5900: Senior Capstone CW

Electives:

Complete eight upper-division (3000+) LING courses

Other Requirements:

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the major courses and no grade below a C- will count toward the major.
  • The Department of Linguistics reserves the right to substitute one course for another.
  • Students must take at least 50% of the coursework (18 credits) at the University of Utah. Any credit for courses transferred from another institution must be approved by the undergraduate advisor.

18 credit hours: 6 courses

Effective Fall 2013

Linguistics Foundation Course- Complete one of the following with a B or better:

LING 1069 - @#$!: Bad Words & Taboo Terms
LING 1200 - Introduction to the Study of Language
LING 3050 - Cruciverbalism: Crosswords & Language
LING 3066 - Origins English Words
LING 3170 - Language and Nature
LING 3470 - Language and Culture
LING 3480 - Language and Social Justice

Theory Courses- Complete two of the following:

LING 4010 - Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
LING 4020 - Introduction to Syntax
LING 4011 - Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology
LING 4021 - Intermediate Syntax

Electives:

Complete three upper-division courses, which may include one or both of the courses not used to satisfy the sequence requirement above.
One course must be above 5000.

        5000-Level Course- Complete 1 course

        LING 5000 - 5999

        Additional Courses- Complete 2 courses

        LING 3000 - 5999

Other Requirements:

  • Students must receive a B or better in Linguistics Foundation Course
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the minor; no grade below a C- will count toward the minor
  • Minors must take 9 credit hours (50% of the coursework for the minor) at the University of Utah.
  • To satisfy a specific requirement for the Linguistics minor, any credit for courses transferred from another university must be approved by the undergraduate advisor as fully equivalent to a course offered in the Linguistics Program.

21 credit hours: 7 courses

Effective Fall 2012

Writing Course-Complete one with a B or better

WRTG 2010 or EAS 1060

TESOL Introductory Course- Complete one with a B or better:

LING 1200: Introduction to the Study of Language

TESOL Courses- Complete all of the following with a B- or better:

LING 3220: World Englishes IR
LING 3500: Intro to English Grammar
LING 3600: Cross-Cultural Communication DV
LING 5810: L2 Methodology (Coreq: LING 1200)
LING 5813: Practicum: Capstone (Prereq: LING 5810)

TESOL Language Requirement:

Complete a beginning level foreign language course. May be taken within two years prior to entering the program. Should include at least 30 classroom hours in foreign language instruction.

Other Requirements:

  • Non-native English speakers must have a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT or better, or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 or better.
  • Students are allowed to retake no more than one required TESOL certificate course for grade improvement.
  • Students may count one transferred course toward the TESOL certificate. Transferred courses must be approved by the undergraduate advisor. The Department of Linguistics reserves the right to substitute one course for another.
  • The purpose of language requirement is to provide students with a recent experience of basic foreign language classroom instruction.
  • All students wishing to receive the TESOL certificate must pay a non-refundable processing fee of $45.
  • Students must notify the academic advisor of certificate completion two months before the last day of classes of the semester which the student completes the certificate.

Wondering which electives to take? 
Here are some suggestions designed to help you based on your interests:

Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science

LING 3160 - Language and Cognition
LING 3170 - Language and Nature
LING 3470 - Language and Culture
LING 4021 - Syntax
LING 5022 - Advanced Syntax
LING 5024 - Child Language Acquisition
LING 5030 - Semantics
LING 5031 - Philosophy and Linguistics
LING 5190 - Psycholinguistics

Computational Linguistics

Computational Linguistics

LING 1200 – Introduction to Linguistics
LING 3955 – Internship in Linguistics (gain experience while pursuing linguistics)
LING 3981 – Special topics (computational related)
LING 4011 – Intermediate Phonology
LING 4021 – Intermediate Syntax
LING 5030 – Semantics
LING 5300 – Computational Linguistics

Discourse Analysis/Pragmatics

Discourse Analysis or Pragmatics

LING 3510 – Grammar and Stylistics
LING 3600 – Cross Cultural Communication
LING 5035 – Pragmatics
LING 5577 – Discourse Analysis

Theoretical Linguistics

General Theoretical Overview

LING 3160 – Language and Cognition
LING 4011 – Intermediate Phonology
LING 4021 – Intermediate Syntax
LING 5030 – Semantics
LING 3470 - Language & Culture
LING 4130 - Introduction to Historical Linguistics
LING 4040 - Introduction to Sociolinguistics
LING 5024 - Child Language Acquisition

Phonology

Phonology

LING 3475 – Language Myths
LING 4011 – Intermediate Phonology
LING 4130 – Introduction to Historical Linguistics

Psycholinguistics

Psycholinguistics

LING 1200 – Introduction to Linguistics
LING 3981 – Special topics (Second Language Acquisition)
LING 4011 – Intermediate Phonology
LING 4021 – Intermediate Syntax
LING 5024 - Child Language Acquisition
LING 5030 – Semantics
LING 5190 - Psycholinguistics
LING 5981 - Special topics (Bilingual Language Representation & Processing)

Semantics

Semantics

LING 3475 – Language Myths
LING 4021 – Intermediate Syntax
LING 5030 – Semantics 

Syntax

Syntax

LING 3475 – Language Myths
LING 3500 – Introduction to English Grammar
LING 4021 – Intermediate Syntax
LING 5022 – Advanced Syntax

TESOL

TESOL/Language Teaching

(*Required for TESOL Certificate)

*LING 1200 – Introduction to Linguistics
*LING 3220 – World Englishes
LING 3480 – Language and Social Justice
*LING 3500 – Introduction to English Grammar
*LING 3600 – Cross Cultural Communication
LING 5333 – Pedagogical Structure of English
LING 5170 – Qualitative and Quantitative Issues in L2 Test Design
*LING 5810 – L2 Methodology
LING 5812 – Content–Based Language Teaching
*LING 5813 - Practicum

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Descriptions

Need help choosing which courses to enroll in for your electives? Check out the Linguistics Course Descriptions page for ideas!

Last Updated: 8/23/16