Declaring a Major/Minor

What can I do with a linguistics major?
Learning goals for undergraduate linguistics majors.

Linguistics majors must satisfy the degree requirements in the College Bulletin of the year in which they formally declared the Linguistics major.

For further information on requirements and for consultation on course selection and scheduling, students should contact their advisors, or the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Cynthia Gordon.

Switching to a Linguistics Major or Minor
A student who wishes to change to a Linguistics Major or add Linguistics as a double-major must fill out an Academic Program Changes Form, which can be downloaded here or picked up from the Dean’s Office. This form must be signed by the student and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Please contact Dr. Cynthia Gordon for an appointment to discuss our program requirements, be assigned an advisor, and get your form signed. Signed forms are then returned to the Dean’s Office.

Learning Goals for Undergraduate Linguistics Majors

Knowledge of:

  • seminal readings and approaches related to the analysis of language 
  • the equality of languages and language varieties and commonly held misconceptions about them
  • the complexity and underlying systematicity of language
  • the role of variation (within and across languages) in linguistic theory and analysis
  • the relationships between language and a variety of social contexts
  • how first and second languages are learned
  • how languages are structured and how they convey referential and social meaning
  • how language is processed, cognitively and computationally

Ability to:

  • analyze linguistic data at various levels of structure and use
  • analyze, critically evaluate, and integrate classic and current research in linguistics and
  • apply that understanding to contemporary theoretical and practical issues
  • craft clear and coherent linguistic analytic arguments
  • design, carry out, and report a small original research project on a current topic in linguistics
  • relate linguistic constructs to other academic fields