Linguistics

  • Department of Linguistics / TESL

Bachelor of Arts

Major

BA Major

The department recently revised the B.A. in Linguistics and the minor in Linguistics. Current students will continue to follow the program in effect when they first enrolled.

1. Required Core Courses (27 units):

  • Core Area A - Pick one:
    • LING 200 (How) Language Matters (3)
    • LING 250 Language(s) in California (3)
  • Core Area B - Pick one:
    • LING 310 Language and the Law (3)
    • LING 325 Language, Gender, and Identity (3)
  • Core Area C - Pick one:
    • LING 427 Languages in Contact (3)
    • LING 441 Sociolinguistics (3)
  • Core Area D - All Required:
    • LING 300 Approaches to Linguistic Analysis (3)
    • LING 402 Phonetics and Phonology (3)
    • LING 403 Morphology (3)
    • LING 404 Syntax (3)
    • LING 408 Semantics and Pragmatics (3)
    • LING 417 Language Development and Acquisition (3)

2. Electives (12 units)

Choose 4 courses. Two courses must be from Group A. All four courses may be from Group A.

Elective Group A

  • LING 200 (How) Language Matters (3)
  • LING 250 Language(s) in California (3)
  • LING 310 Language and the Law (3)
  • LING 325 Language, Gender, and Identity (3)
  • LING 407 Language Varieties (3)
  • LING 411 Historical Linguistics (3)
  • LING 427 Languages in Contact (3)
  • LING 430 Linguistic Introduction to Cognitive Science (3)
  • LING 441 Sociolinguistics (3)
  • LING 447 Bilingualism in the U.S. (3)

(Note: A course counted as required cannot double count as an elective.)

Elective Group B

  • ANTH 310 Language in Culture: Anthropological Linguistics (3)
  • ANTH 360 Immigration and Ethnicity (3)
  • CHS 333 Language and Society: Chicanas/os and Other Minority Children (3)
  • CHS 433 Language Acquisition of the Chicana/o and ESL Speakers (3)
  • CHS 482 Language of the Barrio (3)
  • CD 442 Speech Science (3)
  • CD 462 Language Disorders 1 (3)
  • COMP 310 Automata, Languages, and Computation (3)
  • COMP 333 Concepts of Programming Languages (3)
  • COMP 410 Logic Programming (3)
  • COMP 469 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (3)
  • COMS 350 Nonverbal Communication (3)
  • COMS 356 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • COMS 450 Communication Research Methodology (3)
  • DEAF 484 Structure of American Sign Language (3) (Taught in ASL)
  • DEAF 485 Issues in American Sign Language (3) (Taught in ASL)
  • ENGL 400 History of the English Language (3)
  • ENGL 405 Language Differences and Language Change (3)
  • FREN 389 French Phonetics 1 (3)
  • FREN 400 Structure of the French Language 1 (3)
  • ITAL 305 Structure of the Italian Language (3)
  • PAS 395 Bilingualism in the African-American Community (3)
  • PHIL 355 Philosophy of Mind (4) (3)
  • PHIL 445 Philosophy of Language (3)
  • PHIL 455 Advanced Philosophy of Mind (3)
  • PSY 367 Cognitive Psychology (3)
  • PSY 369 Applied Cognition (3)
  • SOC 364/L Social Statistics and Lab (4)
  • SPAN 395 Spanish Phonetics (3)
  • SPAN 400 Structure of the Spanish Language (3)
  • SPAN 401 Language and Culture 1 (3)
  • SPAN 497 Comparative Structure of Spanish and English 1 (3)

Studies in a Foreign Language (6 Units)

Undergraduate majors are required to complete either a or b:

  1. Non-romance language: 2 semesters at the beginning level
  2. Romance language: 2 semesters at the intermediate level

Undergraduate majors whose native language is not English are exempt from the foreign language requirement.

Description Units
Total Units in the Major 39
Foreign Language 6
General Education 48
Additional Units 27
Total Units Required for a B.A. Degree 120

Minor in Linguistics

B.A. Minor in Linguistics

Required Courses (21 units):

  • LING 300 Approaches to Linguistic Analysis (3)
  • LING 402 Phonetics and Phonology (3)
  • LING 403 Morphology (3)
  • LING 404 Syntax (3)
  • LING 408 Semantics and Pragmatics (3)
  • LING 417 Language Development and Acquisition (3)
  • Pick one:
    • LING 427 Languages in Contact (3)
    • LING 441 Sociolinguistics (3)
Total Units for the Minor in Linguistics 21

Minor in TESL

Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language

The Program

The TESL Minor Program in the College of Humanities incorporates courses in Anthropology, Chicana/o Studies, Communication Studies, Education, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Linguistics, and Sociology. The objective is to prepare candidates to teach English to speakers of other languages. Course substitution may be made only with the written approval of the department chair.

Academic Advisement

Students in the TESL Minor should consult regularly with the undergraduate advisor.

Requirements for the Minor

Any course substitution must be approved by the department chair.

  1. Language (9 Units)
    One course from (A), one course from (B) and one course from (C):
    1. An Introduction to Language
      • ANTH 310 Anthropological Linguistics (3)
      • ENGL 301 Language and Linguistics (3)
      • COMS 420 Language and Symbolic Processes (3)
    2. The Structure of Language
      • ENGL 302 Introduction to Modern Grammar (3)
      • LING 403 Morphology (3)
      • LING 404 Syntax (3)
      • SPAN 497 Comparative Structure of Spanish and English (3)
    3. Language Acquisition
      • LING 417 Language Development and Acquisition (3)
      • CHS 433 Language Acquisition of the Chicana/o and ESL Speakers (3)
      • PAS 395 Bilingualism in the African American Community (3)
  2. Language and Culture (9 units)
    One course from (A), one course from (B) and one course from (C):
    1. Language and Culture
      • CHS 482 Languages of the Barrio (3)
      • ENGL 405 Language Differences and Language Change (3)
      • LING 427 Languages in Contact (3)
      • LING 441 Sociolinguistics (3)
      • SPAN 401 Language and Culture (3)
    2. Cultural Studies
      • ANTH 152 Cultural and Human Behavior (3)
      • ANTH 305 Individual and Culture (3)
      • ANTH 345 Ethnic Groups in America (3)
      • ANTH 360 Immigration and Ethnicity (3)
      • COMS 356 Intercultural Communication (3)
      • SOC 305 Culture and Personality (3)
      • SOC 307 Ethnic Diversity in America (3)
    3. Specific Cultures
      • AAS 100 Introduction to Asian American Studies (3)
      • AAS 350 Asian American Personality (3)
      • AAS 450 Asian American Child1 (3)
      • ANTH 339 Peoples of South Asia (3)
      • ARMN 310 Armenian Culture (3)
      • ARMN 440 The Armenian Child (3)
      • CAS 100 Introduction to Central American Studies (3)
      • CAS 311 The Central American Diaspora (3)
      • CHS 100 Chicano Culture (3)
      • CHS 430 The Chicano Child (3)
      • CHS 431 The Chicano Adolescent (3)
      • CHS 470 Cultural Differences and the Chicano (3)
      • CHS 471 Chicano Families (3)
  3. Writing (3 units)
    One course from the following:
    • ENGL 406 Advanced Expository Writing (3)
    • ENGL 494TCE The Classroom Experience (3)
  4. Elective (3 units)
    • Approved elective, chosen in consultation with advisor (3)
DescriptionUnits
Total Units for the Minor in TESL24
  • 1 Also fulfills a course requirement in the Liberal Studies major (including the Language and Diversity Concentration)
  • 2 Also fulfills a General Education requirement

B.A. Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the B.A. in Linguistics will:

  1. Express what linguists mean by "knowing a human language" by demonstrating knowledge of such core fields as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.
  2. Verbalize what is involved in the acquisition and development of language and discuss its biological and social foundations.
  3. Describe key concepts from such fields as pragmatics, and discourse analysis and relate them to language data.
  4. Verbalize how sociocultural diversity manifests itself in language using methods and concepts from the field of sociolinguistics.
  5. Read, evaluate, and write effectively about linguistic topics.
  6. Define the connections between linguistic study and its practical applications.