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Major Requirements (classic)

*IMPORTANT* Students who declared their major in Linguistics prior to Fall 2016 may elect to complete the program described below. But existing majors may also chose to complete the NEW major requirements. Students who enter as majors in Fall 2016 or after must complete the new major requirements.

The classic linguistics program is divided into three separate types of requirements: Required courses, Electives, and the Language requirement.

Required Courses

There are eight required courses, most with prerequisites.

Intro Ling 301
The Sounds Track Ling 411, Ling 450, Ling 460
The Grammar Track Ling 435, Ling 451,  Ling 452
Sociolinguistics Ling 491


You must take three electives in order to graduate.

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

Higher Division Elective: Any Ling class 300-499, 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.)