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Non-Linguistics Courses for Linguistics Major Credit

Majors may request that other non-LING courses count for Linguistics major credit, if they are not on the current list of pre-approved courses. These requests need to be submitted to the Student Services Coordinator with enough details to be evaluated by the Undergraduate Committee. Requests can be made for courses  you took in another department, at another institution or while studying abroad.

Guidelines for counting non-LING courses for the major:

  • A course on the linguistic structure of a language (e.g. "The Phonology and Morphology of Arabic") generally can count
  • A course on the history of a language (e.g. "The History of English) generally can count
  • A course on the languages of the world can count if it has significant linguistic content (e.g. discussion of genetic groupings, linguistic characteristics of language families, etc.)
  • A course on sociolinguistics or language and culture can count if it has sufficient linguistic content (e.g. courses that are primarily about culture don't count)
  • Advanced or specialized courses in phonology, syntax or semantics generally can count
  • Courses on other subfields of linguistics, such as computational linguistics, mathematical linguistics, historical linguistics, and closely related areas such as philosophy of language or mathematical logic, do count.

Restrictions on counting non-LING courses for the major:

  • You cannot substitute a non-LING course for one of the core courses (LING313, LING315, LING316).
  • Regular language courses, that is courses whose primary aim is to teach competence in a language cannot be used to fulfill major requirements
  • Courses must be equivalent to UofM courses at the 300-level or above to count.
  • Only 12 total credits of non-Linguistics courses can be used toward the major, including non-LING courses from other departments or from other schools.