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Undergraduate Majors in Linguistics, Honors, and Specialization in Computing
Undergraduate Program

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 the 11 majors, please refer to the on-line general catalog.

Please speak with Linguistics Department's Student Affairs Officer if you have questions about the requirements, or to declare one of our majors in Linguistics.

 Bachelor of Arts degrees are available in:

Specialization in Computing:


Students in any of the linguistics majors (except linguistics and computer science) may select a 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.

You graduate with a bachelor's degree in your major and a specialization in computing. Please contact the Linguistics Department's Student Affairs Officer to declare the specialization.

Honors Program:


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 this course(es), students must consult with the department's senior essay and honors counselor, Professor Russell Schuh. Qualified students may be proposed by any member of the faculty to the faculty as a whole for the award of highest honors on the basis of a piece of research in Linguistics completed at UCLA. This course provides an opportunity to engage in independent research and to write a paper which can be submitted to graduate admissions committees. This is an excellent opportunity for those students who are considering graduate school.

The Linguistics Department has 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 grade of A. No special nomination or application is necessary for students who meet these standards.

Departmental Highest Honors: A candidate for Departmental Highest Honors must be nominated by a Linguistics faculty member. The basis for nomination for Highest Honors is a written research project that exceeds the standards normally expected of undergraduate students. The written work would typically, though not necessarily be a 199 Senior Essay or a 198A-198B Honors Essay. Conferral of Departmental Highest Honors requires a favorable vote by the entire Linguistics Department faculty.


Linguistics Minor