Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Linguistics - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, Minor
Concentrations: Applied Linguistics; Language, Society, and Communication; Language and Cognition
Graduate: MA, PhD
Concentrations (MA): General Linguistics, Germanic Linguistics, Sociolinguistics and Contact Linguistics

Linguistics - B.A.

Concentration in Applied Linguistics

Acceptance Criteria
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes
Students are required to apply to the director of undergraduate studies for acceptance into the major. Students may apply to the major at any time, and are encouraged to discuss their academic plans with the director as early as possible. Students who have not completed the prerequisite courses may be accepted into the major on a provisional basis, pending successful completion of LIN 205 and LIN 207.

Prerequisite Courses
LIN 205 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
LIN 207 Language, Society, and the Individual

Required Courses
LIN 301 Structure of English: The Sound System
LIN 302 Structure of English: Grammar and Lexicon
One of the following: LIN 315 Language in Its Social Setting, LIN 355 Child Language Development, or LIN 356 An Introduction to Contemporary Theories of Metaphor
One of the following: LIN 405 Bilingualism and Language Contact, LIN 421 Linguistic Anthropology, or LIN 493 Sociolinguistics
LIN 496 Internship (6 credits)
Four LIN electives (may apply one course with approved linguistic content from another department)
Credits Required for Major 36
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 44
Total Credits Required for Degree 120


Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements
View the Finish in Four Applied Linguistics Curricular Plan which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Concentration in Language and Cognition (L&C)

Acceptance Criteria
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes
Students are required to apply to the director of undergraduate studies for acceptance into the major. Students may apply to the major at any time, and are encouraged to discuss their academic plans with the director as early as possible. Students who have not completed the prerequisite courses may be accepted into the major on a provisional basis, pending successful completion of LIN 205 and LIN 207.

Prerequisite Courses
LIN 205 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
LIN 207 Language, Society, and the Individual

Required Courses
LIN 301 Structure of English: The Sound System
LIN 302 Structure of English: Grammar and Lexicon
Two of the following: LIN 320 Language and the Brain, LIN 355 Child Language Development, LIN 342 Introduction to Cognitive Science, LIN 417 Psycholinguistics, LIN 455 Language Acquisition
Two of the following: LIN 356 An Introduction to Contemporary Theories of Metaphor, LIN 413 Language and Cognition, LIN 421 Linguistic Anthropology, LIN 438 Semantics
Three LIN electives and one course with approved language and cognition content from another department.

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 36
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 44
Additional Credits Required for Electives 40
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements
View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Linguistics - Language and Cognition Concentration BA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Concentration in Language, Society, and Communication & Learning Outcomes

Acceptance Criteria
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes
Students are required to apply to the director of undergraduate studies for acceptance into the major. Students may apply to the major at any time, and are encouraged to discuss their academic plans with the director as early as possible. Students who have not completed the prerequisite courses may be accepted into the major on a provisional basis, pending successful completion of LIN 205 and LIN 207.

Prerequisite Courses
LIN 205 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
LIN 207 Language, Society, and the Individual

Required Courses
LIN 301 Structure of English: The Sound System
LIN 302 Structure of English: Grammar and Lexicon
Four additional LIN courses with sociolinguistics, communication, or cultural content
Four LIN electives (may apply one course with approved linguistic content from another department)

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements
View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Linguistics - Concentration in Language, Society, and Communication Concentration BA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:
  • Core concepts: Students will comprehend the core concepts of linguistics (including ones those in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, or semantics), as well as the basic literature that assumes such concepts
  • Cognitive/social aspects of 'language Students will achieve an awareness of language in its broader cognitive and social context
  • Language diversity awareness: Students will develop an awareness of linguistic diversity and variability
  • Critical thinking: Students will master the ability to construct arguments for choosing between alternative analyses of linguistic phenomena and to identify relevant data bearing on the analyses
  • Problem solving: Students will be able to analyze linguistic data from English or other languages and to construct descriptions of particular linguistic phenomena in particular languages
  • Data collection: Students will be able to develop basic collection and analysis skills
  • Communication skills: Students will attain the skills necessary to prepare written and oral presentations on linguistic topics
  • Life skills: Students will comprehend and appreciate cultural differences among speakers of different languages, be capable of applying the analytic skills acquired through the study of linguistics to other areas of life, and ascertain the importance of language in human endeavors

  • Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
    Credits Required for Major 36
    Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
    Additional Credits Required for Electives 44
    Total Credits Required for Degree 120

    Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

    See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

    Linguistics - Minor

    Acceptance Criteria

    Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
    Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.

    Prerequisite Courses

    LIN 205 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
    LIN 207 Language, Society, and the Individual

    Required Courses

    LIN 301 Structure of English: Grammar and Lexicon
    LIN 302 Structure of English: The Sound System
    Two additional linguistics courses

    Minor Credit Requirements Chart
    Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 18

    Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

    Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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