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Majoring and Minoring in Linguistics

Major in Linguistics

Undergraduates who major in linguistics study language as a structured system and have the opportunity to explore through individualized programs whatever aspects of language structure, change, behavior, and use that are of particular interest. The Department of Linguistics has over 100 undergraduate majors, and awards an average of 45 B.A./B.S. degrees annually, including a large number of double majors.

Undergraduates can discuss majoring and minoring in Linguistics with an advisor.

Honors Program

The Honors Program in Linguistics provides majors with the in-depth research experience of writing an honors thesis under the close supervision of a faculty member. Majors who are considering graduate study (whether in Linguistics or another field) are especially encouraged to participate by finding a faculty supervisor near the end of their junior year or early in their senior year. For more information, please visit the link below.

Minor in Linguistics

Students who minor in linguistics may do so out of general interest in the discipline, or may wish to complement their major in another field in ways that help integrate their cross-disciplinary interests in language-related issues. An academic minor in linguistics is not open to students with a major in the Department of Linguistics.

Related Programs

Students interested in linguistics may also want to learn more about the following programs.