Required Courses

*IMPORTANT* Students who declare as majors in Fall 2020 or after must complete the new major. Students who enter as majors before Fall 2020 have the option to complete the previous major requirements.

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

Program of Study

Core CoursesFour courses are required: 2 Introductory courses, 1 Intro to Sound Structure, 1 Morphology and Syntax
Specialization CoursesSelect 5 courses to design your own specialization. 
ElectivesBroaden your knowledge: 1 survey course (200 level or higher) and one seminar.
Language RequirementTwo 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, Introduction to Linguistic Analysis (LING 301) and Introduction to Linguistic Behavior (Ling 302); 1 course that focuses on sound, Intro to Sound Structure (LING 311); and 1 course that focuses on grammar, Morphology & Syntax (LING 312).

Specialization Courses

Choose 5 courses from among the following to focus either on language behavior or on linguistic analysis, on cognitive aspects or on grammar: Phonetics (LING 411), Semantics (LING415), Language and Cognition (LING 416), Fieldwork Methods & Ethics (LING 423), Morphology and Syntax (LING 435), Second Language Acquisition (LING 444), Phonology (LING 450), Functional Syntax I (LING 451), Functional Syntax II (LING 452), Historical & Comparative Ling (LING 460), Sociolinguistics (LING 491), and Corpus Linguistics (LING 493)


In addition to the required courses listed above, you must take 2 additional classes: 1 elective (200 level or higher) and a proseminar. You may also replace the elective with another proseminar, as long as seminars are on different topics.

Elective: Any LING class 200 level or higher

Seminar: 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.

See pre-approved non-LING classes.

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.)

**Students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must complete the equivalent of one year of college-level work in mathematics in addition to the language requirements stated above. All courses taken must be passed with a grade of C- or higher, or P (pass). Courses used to satisfy the mathematics requirement for the BS degree may not also be used to fulfill the Science (SCI) area requirement.