The majors described below are of two types: (1) a major which concentrates entirely on general linguistics, and (2) several majors which combine the basic courses of the general program with a language concentration or other related fields. The combined majors, in conjunction with instructional certification programs, are especially appropriate for students who have non-university teaching careers as goals.

A 2.0 grade-point average in linguistics courses is required for all Linguistics Department majors. All courses for the major must be taken for a letter grade. For the most updated requirements for each of the Department's 11 majors, please refer to the General Catalog.

Please contact the Department's Student Affairs Officer regarding any questions about the requirements, or to declare one of the Department's majors.

The Department offers the following majors, which lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree:

Specialization in Computing:

Students in any of the linguistics majors (except Linguistics and Computer Science) may elect to add the Specialization in Computing by (1) satisfying all the requirements for a bachelor's degree in the specified major; and (2) completing Program in Computing 10A, 10B, 10C OR Computer Science 31, 32; Mathematics 61; Linguistics 180, 185A.

Students who successfully complete these requirements graduate with a BA in their specific major and a Specialization in Computing. Please contact the Department's Student Affairs Officer for more information.


Honors in Linguistics are awarded at graduation to those students who have a grade-point average of 3.6 or better in their junior and senior years, and who have received a grade of A in either (1) a Linguistics 199 Senior Project or (2) Linguistics 198A-198B Honors Essay. To enroll in these courses, students must consult with the Department's senior essay and honors advisor, Professor Jessica Rett. This course provides an opportunity to engage in independent research and to write a paper that can be submitted to graduate admissions committees. This is an excellent opportunity for those students who are considering graduate school.

The Department awards two levels of honors:

Departmental Honors: Students must have a 3.6 overall GPA for their junior and senior years, and must complete either a Linguistics 199 Senior Project or a Linguistics 198A-198B Honors Essay with a letter grade of A. No special nomination or application process is necessary for students who meet these requirements.

Departmental Highest Honors: Qualified students may be nominated by any member of the faculty to the faculty as a whole for the award of Highest Honors on the basis of research in linguistics completed at UCLA that exceeds the standards normally expected of undergraduate students. The written work would typically (though not necessarily) be completed as a 199 Senior Essay or a 198A-198B Honors Essay. Conferral of Departmental Highest Honors requires a favorable vote by the Department's entire faculty.

Undergraduate Minor in Linguistics