Majors and Minor

The majors described below are of two types:

  • A major which concentrates entirely on general linguistics
  • 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.

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

  • Linguistics

    The goal of linguistics is the enrichment of knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language. Linguistics is a theoretical discipline, akin to philosophy, anthropology, and cognitive psychology. It is important for prospective students to understand that studying linguistics is not a matter of learning to speak many languages. Linguistics courses draw examples from the grammars of a wide variety of languages, and the more languages linguists know about in depth (as distinct from possessing fluency in the use of them), the more likely they are to discover universal properties. It is also possible to pursue these universal aspects of human language through the intensive in-depth study of a single language. This accounts for the high proportion of examples from English and familiar European languages found in linguistics courses and research publications.

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  • Applied Linguistics

    Applied Linguistics is an exciting discipline that investigates language with relevance to issues in the everyday world. Situated in discursive and interactional contexts, language is essential to all aspects of life from personal to social. Interdisciplinary in nature, Applied Linguistics sheds new light on the nature of language and language use.

    The Applied Linguistics major involves both theory-research and practice. On the theory-research side, it provides students with the opportunity to investigate the links between language, culture, social organization, and learning. On the practical side, with its focus on service learning, it engages students in the community, schools, and work places of our geographic setting. The major encourages students to reflect on their lives with regard to language use from a variety of perspectives and experiences and to bring to bear the academic resources of their education on their reflections.

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  • Applied Linguistics (Effective Spring 2017)

    Please note there were some changes made to the APPLING major and they will be effective Spring 2017. The new APPLING program will apply to any student entering the major in Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and on. If you were already in the major before Spring 2017 and would like to switch into the new program, please send an email to the undergraduate student advisor. *Changes will also appear in the new 2017-2018 UCLA Course Catalog*

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  • Linguistics and Anthropology

    The major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of anthropology, the study of humankind. The goal of linguistics is the enrichment of knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language. Linguistics is a theoretical discipline, akin to philosophy, anthropology, and cognitive psychology.

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  • Linguistics and Asian Languages and Cultures

    The major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of East Asian languages and cultures. Students are able to study the civilizations of China, Korea, Japan and India, and enrich their knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language at the same time.

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  • Linguistics and Computer Science

    The major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of computer science, accommodating students who want professional preparation in computer science but do not necessarily have a strong interest in computer systems hardware. The goal of linguistics is the enrichment of knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language. Linguistics is a theoretical discipline, akin to philosophy, anthropology, and cognitive psychology.

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  • Linguistics and English

    The major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of English. Students are able to study the literatures and cultures of those parts of the world in which English is the primary language, the history and structure of the English language itself, and enrich their knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language at the same time.=

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  • Linguistics and French

    The major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of French. Students are able to gain practical competence and basic knowledge of French, and enrich their knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language at the same time.

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  • Linguistics and Italian

    The major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of Italian. Students are exposed to Italian civilization, language and literature as well as enrich their knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language at the same time.

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  • Linguistics and Philosophy

    The major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of philosophy, for students who are reflective about their beliefs or who wish to become so. Students enrich their knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language, and are given the opportunity to ponder the foundations of almost any other subject to which they are exposed — whether history, religion, government, law, or science.

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  • Linguistics and Psychology

    The major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of psychology. Students are able to study and explain human and animal behavior, both normal and abnormal, as well as enrich their knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language.

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  • Linguistics and Scandinavian Languages

    The major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of Scandinavian languages. Students are able to learn about Scandinavia through the study of its languages and literatures, as well as enrich their knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language.

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  • Linguistics and Spanish

    The major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of Spanish. Students are able to study one of the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Hispanic heritage, as well as enrich their knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language.

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  • Linguistics and Language (proposed new major - effective date TBD)

    The major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of their language of concentration (language X). Students are able to study the literatures and cultures of those parts of the world in which language X is the primary language, the history and structure of the X language itself, and enrich their knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language at the same time.

  • Linguistics Minor

    The UCLA Department of Linguistics offers a Minor in Linguistics. This minor is an attractive option for any student where training in linguistic analysis could be an enhancement to their major program, or those who are interested in “language”, but do not have time in their undergraduate program to pursue multi-quarter language courses. The Department offers ten (10) “joint majors” that combine linguistics with training in specific languages, e.g. Linguistics and Spanish, or with training in fields allied to linguistics, e.g. Linguistics and Psychology. There are, however, other natural combinations not offered in the Department. The minor in Linguistics provides an avenue for students in other departments to create programs that resemble the Department of Linguistics’ joint majors.

    The minor in Linguistics comprises of seven (7) courses with a minimum of 28 units.

    To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.

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  • 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 185A, and one course selected from 104, 127, 132, 165A, 165B, 165C, 180, 185B.

    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.