Undergraduate Courses

List of courses offered by the Linguistics Department.

To see if a class meets in the current quarter, as well as the time and location, go to the Linguistics Department’s Course Schedule page.

Courses usually offered every quarter are Linguistics 1, 20, 102 or 103, 119A or 120A, 120B. Most other courses may be offered one or two quarters. An internal tentative Linguistics course offerings list for the following academic year is made available at the end of May or early June of the preceding academic year.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How big are UCLA Linguistics courses?
The majority of required linguistics courses for the majors are capped at 40 students per lecture, with the exception Linguistics 20, 120B, 102, and 119A.
Who do I contact for assistance with course planning?
Please refer to the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer for guidance with course planning for the major.
Can I take major requirements as pass/no pass?
Only foreign language requirements may be taken for Pass/No Pass grading. All other preparation for the major and upper division major requirements must be taken for a letter grade.
Can I take preparation for the major requirements at a community college or other university?
Yes, however you must first consult with the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer if you plan to take courses at another college or university for approval and confirmation.
I completed a course for my major, but it does not appear on my degree audit report. What do I do?
Please send an email to the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer to address this inquiry. Include your university ID number and the course information in the email.

Fall 2020

  • ASL 1 -

    Instructor(s): Benjamin Lewis

    Lecture, five hours. Introduction to fundamentals of American sign language. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ASL 4 -

    Instructor(s): Benjamin Lewis

    Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 3. Intermediate American sign language. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 1 -

    Instructor(s): Gabriel Teixeira, Zhongshi Xu, Phillip Barnett, Matthew Czuba, Giuseppina Silvestri, Maura O'leary

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Summary for general undergraduates of what is known about human language; biological basis of language, scientific study of language and human cognition; uniqueness of human language, its structure, universality, its diversity; language in social and cultural setting; language in relation to other aspects of human inquiry and knowledge. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 19 - Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars: Klingon

    Instructor(s): Pamela Munro

    Introduction to Klingon language of Star Trek fame. Discussion of what Klingon can tell us about language of humans, with note that its inventor based Klingon grammar on his experience with native California languages. Students also learn about relationship of language to Klingon culture. Class meets October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1.

  • LING 20 -

    Instructor(s): Yang Wang, Adeline Tan, Timothy Hunter, Noah Elkins, Elizabeth Sola-llonch, Ekaterina Khlystova, Thomas Trigg, Stefan Keine

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Introduction to theory and methods of linguistics: universal properties of human language; phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic structures and analysis; nature and form of grammar. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 103 -

    Instructor(s): Zhenglong Zhou, Megha Sundara

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Enforced requisite: course 20 with grade of B- or better. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 102. Phonetics of variety of languages and phonetic phenomena that occur in languages of world. Extensive practice in perception and production of such phenomena. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 119A -

    Instructor(s): Elise Bell, Bethany Sturman

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Enforced requisites: courses 20, and 102 or 103. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 120A. Sound structures and sound patterns in world's languages. Rules, rule ordering, features, syllable, and higher structure. Comparison of sound patterns of different languages. Tools of phonology as applicable to other fields. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 120B -

    Instructor(s): Carson Schutze, Kerrianne Devlin, Huilei Wang

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisite: course 20 with grade of B- or better. Course 120A is not requisite to 120B. Descriptive analysis of morphological and syntactic structures in natural languages; emphasis on insight into nature of such structures rather than linguistics formalization. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 130 -

    Instructor(s): Travis Major, Nicoletta Loccioni

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisites: courses 20, 119A or 120A, 119B or 120B. Survey of research and theoretical perspectives in language development in children. Discussion and examination of child language data from English and other languages. Emphasis on universals of language development. Topics include infant speech perception and production, development of phonology, morphology, syntax, and word meaning. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING C140 -

    Instructor(s): Minqi Liu, Elise Bell, Jake Aziz

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisites: courses 119A or 120A, 119B or 120B. Introduction to study of childhood bilingualism and adult and child second language (L2) acquisition, with focus on understanding nature of L2 grammar and grammatical processes underlying L2/bilingual acquisition. Discussion of neurolinguistic and social aspects of bilingualism. Concurrently scheduled with course C244. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 165B -

    Instructor(s): Nicoletta Loccioni, Zhuo Chen

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisite: course 120B. To be taken in term following completion of course 120B or as soon as possible thereafter. Recommended for students who plan to do graduate work in linguistics. Form of grammars, word formation, formal and substantive universals in syntax, relation between syntax and semantics. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 170 -

    Instructor(s): Daria Bahtina, Stephen Lehman, Adam Royer

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisite: course 20. Study of patterned covariation of language and society; social dialects and social styles in language; problems of multilingual societies. P/NP or letter grading.

  • SWAHILI 1 -

    Instructor(s): Sephrine Achesah

    Lecture, five hours. Major language of East Africa, particularly Tanzania. P/NP or letter grading.