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Linguistics Major, Minor, & Certificates

We offer a Linguistics Major and Minor, a Computational Linguistics Certificate, and a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate. Students study the structural properties of a variety of languages, including the sounds of languages and meaning. They also explore how languages can vary, how they are used in different contexts, and how they are acquired by children and adults. Students learn to apply the results of their studies to real-world issues, and they achieve a greater understanding of the human mind.  In the TESOL certificate courses, students take what they learn from language analysis and apply it to the domain of teaching and learning languages. With a strong theoretical and practical basis, students are prepared to be effective teachers.

Program Learning Outcomes  Why Major in Linguistics?  LINGUISTICS CAREERS 


Degree Requirements

Linguistics Major Requirements

36 credit hours - 12 courses

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

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 5011 OR LING 5021

LING 5900: Senior Capstone CW (Only offered fall semester)

Electives

Complete the following:

(6 credit hours) 3000+ LING Electives

(9 credit hours) 4000+ or 5000+ LING Electives

(6 credit hours) 5000+ LING Electives

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.

Download Major Requirements Sheet

Linguistics Minor Requirements

18 credit hours - 6 courses

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

Theory Courses
Complete two of the following:

LING 4010: Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology

LING 4020: Introduction to 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.

Download Minor Requirements Sheet

Computational Linguistics Certificate Requirements

27 credit hours - 9 courses

This undergraduate certificate is designed to help students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career path in an area of technology known alternatively as Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing (NLP). This is the science behind machine translation, text-to-speech, speech recognition, and many other important applications.

Course Requirements

LING 1200: Intro to the Study of Language OR
LING 1069: Bad Words and Taboo Terms

CS 1410: Intro to Object-Oriented Programming [1]

CS 2420: Intro to Algorithms & Data Structures

CS 3100: Models of Computation [2]

CS 3500: Software Practice

LING 4010: Intro to Phonetics and Phonology OR
LING 4020: Intro to Syntax OR
LING 5030: Semantics OR
LING 5190: Psycholinguistics

LING 3300: Computers and Language OR
CS 3505: Software Practice II

CS 5340: Natural Language Processing

LING 5300: Computational Linguistics

[1] CS 1410 has the following chain of prerequisites, some of which may be waived by passing a screening test: MATH 1050 College Algebra, MATH 1060 Trigonometry, CS 1030 Foundations of Computer Science, and CS 1210 Calculus 1.

[2] CS 3100 has a prerequisite of CS 2100 Discrete Structures, which may be waived by demonstrating knowledge of finite-state machines.

Download COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS CERTIFICATe Requirements Sheet

TESOL Certificate Requirements

21 credit hours - 7 courses

Writing Course
Complete one with a B or better:

WRTG 2010 OR  EAS 1060

TESOL Introductory Course
Complete 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 $55.

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.

 

Last Updated: 4/22/21