• Home
  • Academics
  • Degrees
  • Undergraduate
  • B.A./B.G.S.
  • Requirements

B.A. & B.G.S. Major Requirements (30 Credit hours)

B.A. Language Requirement:  CLAS Language Proficiency Requirement


Required Course Work for B.A. & B.G.S. Linguistics (30 Hours)

Introductory Linguistics

LING 106 Introductory Linguistics or LING 107, Honors
     (Goal 1, #1: Crit Think, Goal 3: SocSci, Goal 4, #2: Culture)

LING 110 Language and Mind or LING 111, Honors
     (Goal 1, #1: Crit Think, Goal 3: SocSci, Goal 4, #1: Diversity)

LING 305 Phonetics I  (usually offered in Fall semester only)

LING 312 Phonology I (usually offered in Spring only; prerequisite: LING305)

LING 325 Syntax I (usually offered in Fall semester only)


Acquisition (One of the following courses; 3 credit hours):  (prerequisite: any LING course)

LING 415 Second Language Acquisition  (usually Fall offering)

LING 425 First Language Acquisition  (usually Spring offering)


Processing (One of the following courses; 3 credit hours):  (prerequisite: any LING course)

LING 435 Psycholinguistics  (usually Spring offering)

LING 438 Neurolinguistics  (usually Fall offering)


Diversity (One of the following courses; 3 credit hours):  (prerequisite: any LING course)

LING 308 Linguistic Analysis

LING 320 Language in Culture & Society or LING 321, Honors
     (Goal 4, #1: Diversity;Goal 6: Integration & Creativity)

LING 343 Bilingualism

LING 370 Introduction to the Languages of Africa

LING 447 North American Indian Languages (Goal 4, #1: Diversity)

LING 570 The Structure of Japanese

LING 572 The Structure of Chinese

LING 575 The Structure of: ______


Advanced Course (one from the following courses; 3 credit hours):

LING 507 Phonetics II                                             

LING 514 Phonology II                                            

LING 516 Second Language Acquisition II              

LING 526 Syntax II                                                  

LING 527 Morphology                                            

LING 531 Semantics

LING 537 Psycholinguistics II

LING 539 First Language Acquisition II

LING 541 Field Methods in Linguistic Description

LING 542 Neurolinguistics II


Capstone (One of the following courses–to be taken senior yr.; 3 credit hours) (Goal 6:Integration & Creativity)

LING 420 Capstone: Research in Linguistic Science
     (prerequisites: LING 305, 312, 325 & 415/425/435/438)

LING 421 Capstone: Typology–The Unity and Diversity of Human Language
     (prerequisities: LING 305, 312, 325)



To graduate with honors in Linguistics, a student must complete LING 496 (Honors Essay in Linguistics) in addition to the degree requirements. The student must have a GPA of at least 3.5 in Linguistics.


ATTENTION! Degree Requirements vary based on KU admissions date and whether a student opted in or out of the new CORE requirements. Meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to confirm degree requirements.


Department Highlights
Follow Us
Follow University of Kansas Department of Linguistics on Facebook Follow Univerisity of Kansas News on Twitter
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
KU Today
Quick Tour