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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:
Upper-level 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. 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 1441 Field Methods in Linguistics
  • LING 2144 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
Capstone course: choice of one of the following (1 to 3 credits)

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.
  • 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.

Minor Requirements

An undergraduate minor in linguistics would be particularly useful for students majoring in English, foreign languages, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, sociology, communications, speech science, neuroscience, computer science, and information science, as well as for students with an interest in teaching English as a second language, going to law school, or otherwise choosing a profession in which language plays a crucial part.

The minor consists of 15 credits and comprises the following courses:

  • LING 1000 Introduction to Linguistics
  • Four electives, chosen from the linguistics courses at the 1000 level (e.g. Syntax, Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Historical Linguistics, Aspects of Sociolinguistics, Introduction to Applied Linguistics, and more)

Please note that courses that already counted towards other certificates (ASL, Arabic) may not double count. For example, if you took LING 1522 Arabic Life & Thought for your Arabic certificate, it cannot be applied towards your Ling Minor.