Primary Major and 2nd Degree in Linguistics (32-38 Credits)
The linguistics major provides students with a firm foundation in the scientific study of language. This page provides a brief summary of the requirements. For official details, consult the Academic Programs Catalog.
What are the benefits of a linguistics major?
- One of the following courses:
- LIN 200, Introduction to Languages
- LIN 401, Introduction to Linguistics
- All of the following courses:
- LIN 424, Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
- LIN 431, Introduction to Morphology
- LIN 434, Introduction to Syntax
- LIN 437, Semantics and Pragmatics
- LIN 499, Senior Thesis Research
- Five of the following courses:
- LIN 225, Language and Gender
- LIN 226, Language and the Animals
- LIN 230, Languages of the World
- LIN 427, Laboratory Phonetics
- LIN 450, Child Language Acquisition
- LIN 455, Neurolinguistics
- LIN 463, Introduction to Cognitive Science
- LIN 471, Sociolinguistics
- LIN 484, Data Analysis for Linguistics
- LIN 490, Independent Study
- LIN 491, Special Topics in Linguistics
- Cognate Requirement (15 credits)
- Selected courses must be from a single discipline or thematic area and be advisor approved. At least one course must be at the 300-400 level. Cognate requirement is waived if completing another major or minor.
- Second Language Requirement
- Second–year competency in a foreign language. This requirement may be satisfied by earning credit in the 202 (or 250/252) level of a language or by placing into a 300–level foreign language course based on a MSU placement test.
- College of Arts & Letters Experiential Requirement
- Earn a minimum of 3 credits in one of the following experiential education options through an associated course approved by the College: internship, service/community engaged service learning experience, undergraduate research or creative project directed by a faculty member, a study abroad program, or a study away program.
Additional Major in Linguistics (30 Credits)
All of the requirements listed for the primary major in Linguistics except for LIN 499 (Senior Thesis Research)