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Special Major in Languages and Linguistics

This special track is crafted for students who are interested in a specific language, particularly its structure and history, and are also interested in language in general, both structurally and as situated in its cultural setting. It is ideal for students who wish to teach English in a foreign country, or who plan to go into foreign service; it is also appropriate if the student plans to pursue a M.Ed. in TESOL. (It is not designed for students planning to teach foreign languages in American schools, as it does not provide the 30 credit hours in the foreign language required for credentialing.) The major requires a minimum of 39 credits.

Acceptance criteria

  • 200-level proficiency in a language (demonstrated by coursework or testing)
  • Permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies of Linguistics and the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the relevant language program
  • Minimum 2.0 overall GPA; minimum 2.5 GPA in LIN 205 and 207

Requirements

  • Six upper-division courses in a specific language. One must be the equivalent of Advanced Grammar and Composition and another must focus on the history or the structure of the language.
  • Core Linguistics courses (12 credits): LIN 205, LIN 207, LIN 301, LIN 302
  • Two upper-division courses in Linguistics to be selected in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies of Linguistics
  • Three-credit capstone course, including an independent study or senior seminar, to be selected in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies of Linguistics

 
Applying for the major and advising

The student will consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies of Linguistics and the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the relevant language program to draw up a list of appropriate courses. The student then applies for the major following the procedures for the Special Majors program.