Major Requirements

The linguistics major curriculum provides a rigorous, comprehensive background in the core theoretical areas of linguistics, augmented by coursework in many applied areas from which students can freely choose. Training in methodology and a capstone course round up the BA degree.

The following information is also available as a checklist:

Core courses (15 credits)

This group comprises the intro course followed by four courses on the theoretical foundations of linguistics:

  • LING 1000 Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING 1578 Phonetics and Phonemics (or LING 1878 "acccelerated" section)
  • LING 1579 Phonology (or LING 1879 "accelerated" section)
  • LING 1773 Morphology (or LING 1873 "accelerated" section)
  • LING 1777 Syntactic Theory (or LING 1877 "accelerated" section)

Core elective course: choice of one of the following (3 credits)

Two electives (6 credits)

Students are required to complete two (2) LING 1000-level elective courses. Please see this course listings. Electives may be chosen from among graduate courses if the six basic courses from the first two headings above have been completed. Linguistics-focused courses offered by another department at Pitt or CMU may be used as a substitute; check with your advisor.

Method course: choice of one of the following (3 credits)

  • LING 1050 Computational Methods in the Humanities
  • LING 1269 Linguistic Variation and Change
  • LING 1340 Data Science for Linguists
  • LING 1441 Field Methods in Linguistics
  • LING 1844 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (See below about permission)

Capstone course: choice of one of the following 

Other requirements and rules for linguistics majors

  • 29 total credits are required, excluding the language requirement noted below.
  • In addition to the language requirement for all A&S majors, students need to take one semester of language study in some language that is not Romance (including Latin), Germanic, Slavic, or Greek.
  • Four core courses have a designated "accelerated" counterpart (LING 1878, 1879, 1873, 1877), which is cross-listed with a grad section. Additionally, LING 1844 "Research Methods" is another grad-undergrad cross-listed course. Students will need A- in intro, an overall GPA of 3.25 and a 3.75 average on all past linguistics courses to take them. Qualified students should ask an advisor for a permission number. 
  • Starting Spring 2013, a grade of B or higher for LING 1000 is required for the rest of the core courses.
  • CSD 1020 is considered an equivalent of LING 1000.
  • Majors must have at least a 2.0 quality point average in linguistics courses.
  • No more than six credits may be taken on the S/N basis.
  • Credit by examination is not available.
  • As an Arts and Sciences requirement, majors must complete one linguistics W-course. These courses are currently:
  • As a school of Arts and Sciences requirement, majors also must complete 12 credits of a minor, a related area, a certificate program, or another major.