Linguistics Degree Requirements
Successful completion of the linguistics major leads to a BA degree in linguistics. The department also offers a minor in linguistics. Requirements for the completion of each program may be found below.
To graduate with a BA in Linguistics, students must complete three course components: Seven named courses in Linguistics, five Linguistics electives, and a senior exit requirement. In addition, students must demonstrate either foreign language or mathematics competency.
The Linguistics major provides a strong background in the central subdisciplines of Linguistics through the named courses, which all linguistics majors must complete. For the elective requirement, students who wish to pursue linguistic theory further are encouraged to take morphology and pragmatics, and/or seek permission to enroll in the graduate foundation sequence in phonology, syntax, or semantics.
LING 50 Introduction to Linguistics
LING 53 Semantics 1
LING 101 Phonology 1
LING 112 Syntax 1
LING 102 Phonology 2
LING 113 Syntax 2
LING 116 Semantics 2
Senior Comprehensive Requirement: All students at UCSC must satisfy the Senior Comprehensive Requirement. Linguistics majors can satisfy this requirement in one three ways:
Option 1: Successful completion of an upper division UCSC linguistics "exit" course. Once a major has completed Linguistics 50, 53, 101, and 111 or 112 and have reached senior standing, successful completion of an exit course satisfies the UCSC Linguistics Department Senior Comprehensive Requirement. This exit course will also satisfy one upper division elective course for the major.
Option 2: Successful completion of a senior thesis supervised by a Linguistics department faculty member. Students must have done very good to excellent work in the major to be approved for this option. Students interested in completing a senior thesis should work with a faculty advisor to draft a senior thesis proposal, which must be submitted for departmental approval at least three quarters prior to the quarter of graduation. Students whose senior thesis proposal has been approved enroll in LING 195 (Senior Thesis) with their faculty advisor. Students submit final version of their thesis by the seventh week of their final quarter.
Option 3: Successful completion of a UCSC graduate course during their senior year. Students interested in taking a graduate level course for this option must first receive approval from the course instructor and the Undergraduate Program Director.
Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement
Students of every major must satisfy that major's upper-division Disciplinary Communication (DC) requirement. The DC requirement in linguistics is satisfied by completing courses 101 and 112.
The Linguistics Minor
- Introduction to Linguistics (LING 50)
- Semantics I (LING 53)
- Phonology I (LING 101)
- Syntax I (LING 112)
- Four additional upper division courses in linguistics (or approved substitutes).
There is no foreign language/mathematics requirement or senior exit requirement for the minor.