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. These courses provide 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. If you’re interested in being considered for Highest Honors, talk to your 198 or 199 professor or the professor who advised your research.


Departmental Honors is noted on the UCLA diploma and recipients will be recognized during the Linguistics commencement ceremony.

A monetary award may be granted to students who earn Departmental Honors at the discretion of the Department Chair and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.