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College of Arts & Sciences
Linguistics Program


Undergraduate Program

The recommended first step in learning about linguistics is Linguistics 300: Introduction to Language Sciences (cross-listed as Anthropology 373 and Psychology 470). Note that this course can be taken for Social Science elective credit. After the introduction gained in this course, the student is prepared for topics courses at the 400 and 500 level. (There are, however, no formal prerequisites for these courses.) Possibilities include courses on language in society, historical linguistics, philosophy of language, acquisition of language by children, and courses devoted to the description of a particular language: English, French, German, or Spanish.


Linguistics Major. A student wishing to have Linguistics as a major concentration of their studies may pursue an emphasis in the field through the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) degree program. Further information about the BAIS program may be obtained from Dawn Hiller (Student Services Manager, Director of Students: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts) in the College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student Services Office.


Linguistics Minor or Cognate. The Linguistics Program at USC offers the possibility of an undergraduate minor or cognate field in Linguistics, and knowledge gained in such a course of study can complement study in a wide variety of disciplines. Students who would especially benefit from a minor or cognate in Linguistics are those majoring in Anthropology, Computer Science, English, French, German, Philosophy, Psychology, and Spanish. A Linguistics minor is also good preparation for a graduate program in Speech Pathology. 

Majoring in one of the related disciplines and minoring in linguistics can prepare students for a variety of careers, including teaching, translating, foreign service, and social work, or graduate study in Linguistics and any of its related fields.

For general information about the Undergraduate Minor/Cognate Requirements please see the Undergraduate Bulletin or Course Listings


Linguistics Minor Requirements

The undergraduate minor requires 18 hours of course work in Linguistics.

I. Required Course (3 credit hours)

LING 300 Introduction to Language Sciences (3) 
or 
LING 301 The English Language (3)

II. Additional Requirements (15 credit hours)

Any five (5) additional LING courses.


Linguistics Cognate Requirements

A minimum of 12 credit hours of courses having a LING designator or cross-listing