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Requirements for Admission to the Linguistics Major

Both LING/ANTH 106/107, Introductory Linguistics and LING 110/111, Language and Mind, must be taken before applying for the major. LING 107 is the Honors version of LING 106 and LING 111 is the Honors version of LING 110. LING 106/107 and LING 110/111 can be taken in any order and there are no prerequisites. These courses are offered every semester and provide an introduction to the field of linguistics and situate linguistics within the cognitive sciences.

Students are strongly urged to apply to the major as soon as they meet the requirements. Students may major in linguistics if, at the time they apply, they have met the following criteria:

  1. Satisfactory completion of LING 106/107 and LING 110/111
  2. Attained a grade-point average of at least 2.5 based on grades in LING/ANTH 106/107 and LING 110/111

ATTENTION! A student interested in majoring in Linguistics should meet with our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Utako Minai and complete an major declaration form.

Dr. Utako Minai
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Linguistics
Phone: 785-864-1559
Email: minai@ku.edu
Spring 2018 Office Hours: Mondays 9:00am - 10:00am & Tuesdays 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Admission to the Graduate Program

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Applications to the master's and Ph.D. programs in Linguistics may only be submitted electronically.

In addition to the online application form, applicants must also provide the following materials. Note that the online application process may include some of these items and you will be required to upload them to the application.

  1. Appropriate application fee (varies)
  2. Résumé or Vita (upload to online application)
  3. A statement outlining your educational and career goals may also be attached to your application. This very important part of your application helps the faculty to decide whether our program is appropriate for you. In the statement, you should explain why you want to study linguistics and what you intend to do with the knowledge you would gain from studying here. You should also note any special circumstances concerning your application, your prior training or experience, and anything else you wish the faculty to take into account in evaluating your application. (upload to online application)
  4. One (1) official copy of your transcript from the baccalaureate granting institution, and any transcripts from institutions attended post-baccalaureate. If your transcript was issued in a language other than English, a certified translation in English should be attached to each official copy. (upload to online application)
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation. If possible, these people should include faculty members who have supervised your earlier work. You will need to provide the names, titles, and contact information of the individuals you are requesting recommendations from on the online application . If the person recommending you is unable to complete the LOR online they can send a hardcopy directly to the department.
  6. An official report directly from ETS of the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). (Mandatory requirement, no waivers.)
  7. For non-native speakers of English: An official TOEFL or IELTS score report directly from ETS of a test taken no earlier than two years before you apply. This requirement is waived if you hold a baccalaureate or higher degree earned in residence from an accredited English-medium U.S. college or university or a college or university in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, English-speaking province of Canada, or an English-speaking Caribbean country, with instruction conducted in English. Certificates may not be used to verify English proficiency, additionally degrees earned online may not be used to verify English proficiency. Please refer to the University website for a full description of English proficiency test score requirements. http://graduate.ku.edu/english-proficiency-requirements (Mandatory requirement)
  8. An optional writing sample. A writing sample on a linguistically related topic is ideal, but one that showcases your general academic abilities in logic reasoning and argumentation is also welcome. (upload to online application -under other/additional documents)

Note to all applicants: We must receive all mandatory materials for your application to be considered for admissions. In particular, we cannot offer any admission status, conditional or otherwise, without GRE or proof of English proficiency for international students. Requests to waive these requirements are routinely not granted and will slow down the process of your application. Consult the online application checklist for updates on the status of your application.

The deadline of application for Fall admission is January 1. We do not offer Spring admission. Complete applications are reviewed in January and admission decisions are typically communicated in February. Consult the online application checklist for updates on the status of your application.


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