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

A student who plans to major in linguistics should fulfill the College foreign language requirement by the end of their junior year. LING 106 or LING 107, which is required for the major, provides an introductory survey of the field, and also fulfills a general education social sciences: culture and society (SC) principal course requirement. In addition, LING 110, which is required for the major, fulfills a general education social sciences: individual behavior (SI) principal course requirement. These courses prepare students for upper-division courses in the major. Students considering a major in linguistics should discuss their plans with the undergraduate coordinator. View an example of a four-year plan (pdf) leading to a B.A. in linguistics.

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


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