Getting Advice and Guidance

If you are to get the most from your academic program, it will be crucial that you learn to use the advising resources that are available to you—within the department and at UCSC more broadly. It is up to you to use those resources. Here is a rough guide to what is available.

Faculty Advisors

If you are a prospective major in Linguistics or Language Studies, your first step should be to attend one of the major declaration meetings for basic information and for help filling out the Declaration of Major form. You can get more information about these meetings here.

If you are a current major in Linguistics or Language Studies, staff advisors are your best source of information and advice about the logistics of satisfying the requirements for the major. Linguistics faculty are your best source for advice about intellectual matters and about how to prepare for graduate school and beyond.

You should feel free to meet with any faculty member for advising, but it may make sense to speak with a staff advisor first, to find out which faculty member might be best placed to advise you about your interests or concerns.

In particular, if you are considering the option of a senior thesis, it is essential to speak to a faculty member as early as possible in the process, to get guidance and to begin developing your ideas. You can find the current office hours for all faculty members here.

For issues specifically related to the undergraduate program, you can turn to the Undergraduate Program Director Grant McGuire (

Staff Advisor

The Linguistics Department advisor can advise you about requirements for the majors, about prerequisites, and about many other aspects of your academic progress. During the academic year, there are regular drop-in office hours available. If none of the drop-in office hours work for you, please email the advisor at for an appointment.

Matthew MacLeod, Undergraduate Advisor
241 Stevenson Academic Building

Matt MacLeod

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Peer Advisors

During the academic year, the department has a peer advising program to provide an additional advising resource for undergraduate majors. The Peer Advisors are advanced students in the two majors who volunteer their time and expertise to provide guidance and advice to other students. They hold regular office hours and provide one-on-one advising in Room 239 in Stevenson College. Peer Advisors do not have signature authority on forms (i.e., Declaration of Major Petitions and study abroad planning forms). Students need to see Matthew MacLeod, the Undergraduate Advisor, for any forms requiring a department signature.

We encourage any prospective and current Linguistics or Language Studies majors to stop by during Peer Advising hours if they have questions about either field of study.

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