Linguistics Major Requirements

Successful completion of the linguistics major leads to a BA degree in linguistics. To graduate with a BA in linguistics, students must complete three course components: (i) seven named courses in Linguistics, (ii) five Linguistics electives, and (iii) a Senior Comprehensive 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 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.

Students in the linguistics major are required to complete 12 courses in linguistics and related disciplines.

Seven named courses in linguistics

50, Introduction to Linguistics
53, Semantics 1
101, Phonology 1
102, Phonology 2
112, Syntax 1
113, Syntax 2
116, Semantics 2

Five upper-division elective courses in linguistics
Students may petition the department to have elective courses offered through other institutions or other UC programs applied toward the major requirements. At most three such courses can be applied toward the major. These courses must be upper-division and clearly fit into a coherent program of study in linguistics.

Foreign language/mathematics competency requirement

Linguistics majors are required to demonstrate either foreign-language or mathematics competency as follows:

Foreign-language competency. Students must successfully complete five quarters of language study at UCSC or demonstrate an equivalent level of competence through a recognized language test or evidence of credit from another institution. In cases where five quarters of instruction for a language are not offered at UCSC, students may opt to complete (or demonstrate equivalent level of competence for) three quarters of one language and three quarters of a second language. For Latin or Greek, three of the designated courses will be equivalent to all five levels.

Foreign language for transfer students. While it is not required for selection, junior-level transfer students are strongly encouraged to complete as much preparation as possible in the foreign language of their choosing. Transfer students admitted to UC Santa Cruz for the winter term who do not place into Level 2 or higher in a language placement test when they enter UCSC may not be able to complete the major in a timely manner.

Mathematics competency. Alternatively, students with a strong formal background can choose to satisfy the mathematics competency requirement by demonstrating sufficient preparation in mathematics for advanced formal work in linguistics. This requirement is satisfied by passing two courses chosen from the following list: Applied Mathematics and Statistics 7 or 131; Computer Engineering 16; Computer Science 5C, 5J, 5P, 10, 11, 12A, 12B, 140, or 148; Mathematics 30, 100, 115, 160, or 161; Philosophy 9; or any course which has one of these courses as a prerequisite.

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Senior exit requirement

In their senior year, linguistics majors must satisfy the senior exit requirement in one of two ways:

Option 1. Successful completion of a capstone course—an appropriate upper-division linguistics course. In order to satisfy the senior exit requirement, students must have senior standing and must have completed Linguistics 53, Semantics 1; Linguistics 101, Phonology 1; and either Linguistics 111, Syntactic Structures or Linguistics 112, Syntax 1. Under these conditions, any upper-division linguistics elective course will satisfy the senior exit requirement. Upper-division linguistics electives include any upper-division course offered by the Linguistics Department (except courses 101, 102, 111, 112, 113, and 116) This course can be one of the five linguistics electives required for the major.

Option 2. Senior thesis supervised by a faculty member. The proposal for a senior thesis must be submitted for approval by the department faculty at least three quarters prior to the quarter of graduation.

Students enroll in Linguistics 195, Senior Thesis.

Sample Academic Plans for the Linguistics Major
The following is a recommended academic plan for four-year students who wish to pursue the linguistics major.

 

Four-Year Linguistics Students

Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

2nd
(soph)

LING 50
Intro to Linguistics
(qualification 1 of 2)

LING 53
Semantics 1
(qualification 2 of 2)

LING 101
Phonology 1
(declare major)

3rd
(junior)

LING 112
Syntax 1

LING 116
Semantics 2

LING 113
Syntax 2

 

LING 1XX
upper div elective

LING 1XX
upper div elective

foreign language
level 1

foreign language
level 2

foreign language
level 3

4th
(senior)

LING 102
Phonology 2

LING 1XX
upper div elective

 

LING 1XX
upper div elective

LING 1XX
upper div elective

 

foreign language
level 4

foreign language
level 5

 

 

The following is a recommended academic plan for junior transfer students who wish to pursue the linguistics major.

Linguistics Transfer Students

Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

3rd
(junior)

LING 50
Intro to Linguistics
(qualification 1 of 2)

LING 112
Syntax 1
declare major

LING 101
Phonology 1

LING 53
Semantics 1
(qualification 2 of 2)

“outside” 1XX *
upper-div elective

LING 113
Syntax 2

foreign language
level 1

foreign language
level 2

foreign language
level 3

4th
(senior)

LING 102
Phonology 2

LING 116
Semantics 2

LING 1XX
upper-div elective

LING 1XX
upper-div elective

LING 1XX
upper-div elective

LING 1XX
upper-div elective

foreign language
level 4

foreign language
level 5

 

* “outside” 1XX—in lieu of a standard linguistics elective, an approved substitution elective may be selected in order to graduate within two academic years.

 

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.

 

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