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Major Requirements (from F16)

*IMPORTANT* Students who declare as majors in Fall 2016 or after must complete the new major. Students who enter as majors before Fall 2016 have the option to complete the classic major requirements.

The program is divided into 4 components: Core courses, Specialization courses, Electives, and the Language requirement.

Program of Study

Core courses Six courses are required: 2 intro courses, 2 on speech & sound patterns, and 2 on grammar.
Specialization courses Select 3 courses to design your own specialization. You may focus either on language behavior or linguistic analysis, on sound or on grammar.
Electives Broaden your knowledge: 1 survey course (200 level or higher) and one seminar.
Language requirement Two years of one foreign language (second language) AND one year of another (third language).

Core courses

The required core courses are designed to expose you to the analysis of linguistic data and language acquisition, variation and change. There are 2 introductory courses, Linguistic Analysis (Ling 301) and Linguistic Behavior (Ling 302); 2 courses that focus on sound, Phonetics (Ling 411) and Phonology (Ling 450); and 2 more than focus on grammar, Morphology & Syntax (Ling 435) and Functional Syntax I (Ling 451) .

Specialization courses

Choose 3 courses from among the following to focus either on language behavior or on linguistic analysis, on cognitive aspects or on grammar: Language & Cognition (Ling 396), Semantics (Ling 415), Second Language Acquisition (Ling 444), Functional Syntax II (Ling 452), Historical Linguistics (Ling 460), Sociolinguistics (Ling 491).


In addition to the required courses listed above, you must take 2 additional classes: 1 elective (200-400) and a proseminar. You may also replace the elective with another proseminar.

Elective: Any Ling class 200-499, except Ling 440.  (See pre-approved non-LING classes).

Proseminar Elective: Ling 407 (sometimes it is possible to substitute another 400-level course that has: few students, most readings from primary literature, discussion-oriented class with a rigorous term paper.) Seminars generally have prerequisites, often a subset of the required courses.

Second and Third Language Requirement

Linguistics majors must demonstrate proficiency in two languages other than their native language. The second language must be at least equivalent to the end of two years of study (e.g. Arabic 203), the third language must be at least equivalent to the end of one year of study (e.g. Sahaptin 103). Any second language that meets the UO Bachelor of Arts language requirement also meets the Linguistics second language requirement, but as linguists interested in the diversity of languages in the world, we encourage you to study a non-European language, like Sahaptin, Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, or Swahili, or a non-spoken language, such as American Sign Language (ASL). Also, if you study a language that is offered in the summers, we encourage you to try the “immersion” experience: cram a full year of language study into 11 weeks.

Foreign students whose first language is not English should note that the UO BA second language requirement (and therefore the linguistics major second language requirement) can, under specified circumstances, be met with English. (See the UO Academic Policies; scroll down to the “Bachelor of Arts Requirements” for an explanation of the BA second language requirement.)