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Non-Linguistics Courses for Linguistics Major and Minor Credit

Non-Ling courses that are not on the current list of cognates may be requested to count for Linguistics major and minor credit. Students may submit requests to the Student Services Coordinator with enough detail to be evaluated by the Undergraduate Committee.

Guidelines for counting non-LING courses for the major or minor:

  • A course on the linguistic structure of a language  generally can count.
    • Example - "The Phonology and Morphology of Arabic"
  • A course on the history of a language generally can count.
    • Example - "The History of English" 
  • A course on the languages of the world can count if it has significant linguistic content, such as discussions of genetic groupings or linguistic characteristics of language families.
  • A course on sociolinguistics or language and culture can count if it has sufficient linguistic content. 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 or minor:

  • You cannot substitute a non-LING course for one of the core courses - LING 313, LING 315, LING 316
  • Regular language courses - that is, courses whose primary aim is to teach competence in a language - cannot be used to fulfill major or minor requirements
  • Courses must be equivalent to U-M courses at the 300-level or above to count.