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 - Elementary American Sign Language

    Instructor(s): Benjamin Lewis

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

  • ASL 4 - Intermediate American Sign Language

    Instructor(s): Benjamin Lewis

    Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 3 or 8. Intermediate American sign language. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 1 - Introduction to Study of Language

    Instructor(s): Zhongshi Xu, Matthew Czuba, Anissa Gladney, Phillip Barnett, Gabriel Teixeira, 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 - Introduction to Linguistic Analysis

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

    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 89HC - Honors Contracts

    Instructor(s): Giuseppina Silvestri

    Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to lower-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

  • LING 103 - Introduction to General Phonetics

    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 - Applied Phonology

    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 - Syntax I

    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 - Language Development

    Instructor(s): Nicoletta Loccioni, Travis Major

    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 - Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition

    Instructor(s): Elise Bell, Minqi Liu, 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 144 - Fundamentals of Translation and Interpreting

    Instructor(s): Olga Yokoyama

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Recommended preparation: knowledge of English and at least one other language. Enforced requisite: course 20. Examination of salient lexical, structural, cultural, and social aspects of translating and interpreting between two languages or dialects. Survey of development of translation theories and rise of community interpreting and critical role of language brokering. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 165B - Syntax II

    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 - Language and Society: Introduction to Sociolinguistics

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

    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.

  • LING 194 - Research Group Seminars: Laboratory Research in Linguistics

    Instructor(s): Jessica Rett

    Seminar, one hour; laboratory, three to six hours. Students actively participate in experimental, computational, or fieldwork linguistics research, and have opportunity to learn variety of research methods in laboratory or other collaborative environment. Students may be involved in various kinds of research methods, including administering experiments, data analysis, and/or participating in corpus annotation. Students are expected to attend regular laboratory meetings, if offered. Consult professor in charge to enroll. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. P/NP grading.

  • SWAHILI 1 - Elementary Swahili

    Instructor(s): Sephrine Achesah

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