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Linguistics B.A.

Linguistics, Institute of
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 34 to 37
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Courses explore the principles governing the structure of natural languages, how languages are acquired by children and adults, the role of language in human cognition and social interaction, and how languages change over time.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of any second language. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
CLA BA degrees require 4 semesters or the equivalent of a second language. CLA degrees require students to complete 48 credits of upper division coursework taken at the 3xxx, 4xxx, or 5xxx level. For a BA at least 18 of the 48 upper division credits must be outside of the major. For some specific majors, there are exceptions to this requirement. This program requires 18 upper division credits outside the major. See your advisor for a list of courses that can or cannot be used to meet this requirement. Students may earn a BA or a minor in linguistics, but not both. All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the First Year Experience course sequence.
Major Courses
Take 5 of the following courses for a total of 16 credits.
LING 3001 - Introduction to Linguistics [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or LING 3001H - Honors: Introduction to Linguistics [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or LING 5001 - Introduction to Linguistics [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
LING 4201 - Syntax I (3.0 cr)
or LING 5201 - Honors students may take LING 5201 in place of 4201.
LING 4302W - Phonology I [WI] (3.0 cr)
or LING 5302 - Honors students may take LING 5302 in place of 4302W.
LING 5205 - Semantics (3.0 cr)
LING 4202 - Syntax II (3.0 cr)
or LING 5202 - Honors students may take LING 5202 in place of 4202.
or LING 4303 - Phonology II (3.0 cr)
or LING 5303 - Honors students may take LING 5203 in place of 4203.
Electives
No more than 4 credits of LING 1xxx will count. Up to 6 elective credits may be taken in an allied discipline, if approved by the director of undergraduate studies.
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· LING 1xxx
· LING 2xxx
· LING 3xxx
· LING 4xxx
· LING 5xxx
Senior Project
Take 1-2 courses for a total of 3-6 credits. Students taking LING 4901W must complete the course with at least an S grade. Students seeking honors in Linguistics should take LING 3051H and 3052V for a total of 6 credits.
The usual requirement for this course is the revision and expansion of a paper written for another linguistics course, but it may involve an original research paper. Students complete this paper in a seminar offered each spring semester. The topic should be approved by the course instructor before registration for the seminar.
LING 4901W - Major Project Seminar [WI] (3.0 cr)
or LING 3051H - Honors: Thesis (3.0 cr)
LING 3052V - Honors: Thesis [WI] (3.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· LING 3052V - Honors: Thesis [WI] (3.0 cr)
· LING 3101W - Languages of the World [WI] (3.0 cr)
· LING 4302W - Phonology I [WI] (3.0 cr)
· LING 4901W - Major Project Seminar [WI] (3.0 cr)
 
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LING 3001 - Introduction to Linguistics (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00099 - Ling 3001/3001H/5001
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of human language. Methods, questions, findings, and perspectives of modern linguistics. Components of the language system (phonetics/phonology, syntax, semantics/pragmatics); language acquisition; language/social variables; language/cognition; language change; language processing; language/public policy.
LING 3001H - Honors: Introduction to Linguistics (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00099 - Ling 3001/3001H/5001
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Scientific study of human language. Methods, questions, findings, and perspectives of modern linguistics. Components of the language system (phonetics/phonology, syntax, semantics/pragmatics); language acquisition; language and social variables; language and cognition; language change; language processing; language and public policy; language and cognition. prereq: Honors student or instr consent
LING 5001 - Introduction to Linguistics (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00099 - Ling 3001/3001H/5001
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of human language. Methods, questions, findings, and perspectives of modern linguistics. Components of the language system (phonetics/phonology, syntax, semantics/pragmatics); language acquisition; language and social variables; language and cognition; language change; language processing; language and public policy; language and cognition.
LING 4201 - Syntax I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01958 - Ling 4201/Ling 5201
Typically offered: Every Spring
How words are organized into phrases/sentences. Basic units of a sentence. How these units are structured. How languages may be the same, or different, in syntax. prereq: 3001 or 3001H or 5001 or instr consent
LING 4302W - Phonology I (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00065 - Ling 4302W/Ling 5302
Typically offered: Every Spring
How sounds are organized/patterned in human languages. Foundation in phonological theory/problem-solving for advanced work in phonology and other fields in linguistics. Analyzing data, presenting written solutions. prereq: 3001 or 3001H or 5001 or instr consent
LING 5205 - Semantics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of sentence meaning. Semantic properties. Relations such as analyticity, entailment, quantification, and genericity. Philosophical background, formal techniques of semantic analysis, how sentence meaning depends on word meaning, syntax, and context. The role of semantics in grammatical theory. prereq: [4201 or 5201] or instr consent
LING 4202 - Syntax II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01961
Typically offered: Every Fall
Syntactic theory. Principles and Parameters (P&P) approach to grammar. Focuses on Minimalist Program (MP). prereq: 4201 or 5201
LING 4303 - Phonology II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01962
Typically offered: Every Fall
Continues work of LING 4302W with emphasis on critical reading of current phonological literature. Phonological phenomena in the context of new developments in the field. Optimality Theory and the phonology-morphology interface. prereq: Ling 4302W
LING 4901W - Major Project Seminar (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Revision/expansion of a paper completed for a linguistics course. prereq: Ling major, [jr or sr]
LING 3051H - Honors: Thesis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Supervised planning and research for honors thesis to be completed in 3052. prereq: Linguistics honors candidate, instr consent
LING 3052V - Honors: Thesis (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Supervised research, writing, and revision for honors thesis begun in 3051. prereq: 3051
LING 3052V - Honors: Thesis (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Supervised research, writing, and revision for honors thesis begun in 3051. prereq: 3051
LING 3101W - Languages of the World (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of language families of the world. Classifying languages genetically/typologically. Historical relationships among languages. prereq: 3001 or 3001H or 5001 or instr consent
LING 4302W - Phonology I (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00065 - Ling 4302W/Ling 5302
Typically offered: Every Spring
How sounds are organized/patterned in human languages. Foundation in phonological theory/problem-solving for advanced work in phonology and other fields in linguistics. Analyzing data, presenting written solutions. prereq: 3001 or 3001H or 5001 or instr consent
LING 4901W - Major Project Seminar (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Revision/expansion of a paper completed for a linguistics course. prereq: Ling major, [jr or sr]