About UCSC Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz aims to advance the understanding of human linguistic ability through the empirical examination of particular languages. The department is renowned for its strengths in phonology, psycholinguistics, semantics, and syntax, as well as for connecting these disciplines to one another and to morphology, phonetics, and pragmatics. Faculty and students deploy a range of computational, experimental, and fieldwork methodologies in their research. The department offers two undergraduate majors, in linguistics and language studies, as well as two graduate degrees (MA and PhD), preparing students for careers in research, teaching, and industry.

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Linguistics Events

Linguistics Undergrad Research Conference (LURC) 2024
June 7, 2024
NEW Venue: London Nelson Community Center
           301 Center Street, Multipurpose Room 3
Time: 2:30 - 5:30 PM
Guest Speaker: Kirby Conrod (Swarthmore College)

COLLOQUIA for Fall 2024: 

  • TBA

Departmental Kudos:

For more events, check out the department blog What's Happening at Santa Cruz (WHASC) and the department events calendar.

Information for Undergraduates

Both in-person and remote advising are available.

Remote advising:

Remote advising is available by video (through Zoom) during regular drop-in office hours:

or by appointment (email ling@ucsc.edu to set up an appointment).

Please see the current drop-in advising schedule for in-person advising hours. The Undergraduate Advisor’s office is in the Stevenson Academic Building, Room 241. Please wear a mask for in-person meetings. If you prefer to meet without a mask, please choose a Zoom meeting.

See Student Health Center site for COVID protocol: https://healthcenter.ucsc.edu/services/covid-19/covid19-students.html

Email a peer advisor! lingpeer@ucsc.edu

Other information:

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