B.A. in Linguistics

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B.A. Linguistics students are introduced to the methods of analysis of human languages by a series of core courses that deal with the articulatory and physical properties of speech sounds, their organization in the speaker's mind, the structure of words and sentences, the expression of meaning in words, sentences, and texts, and the historical development of languages. These basic areas of linguistic analysis are supplemented by a series of elective courses that allow students to choose among a number of courses emphasizing the social and cultural aspects of language, the developmental and/or pedagogical aspects of a first or second language, or aspects of computational linguistics involving man-machine interaction on the level of speech processing and written text understanding.

Course Requirements

BA Linguistics Course Requirements
Requirement Semester units Comment
General Education 45-48 units Of the 51 units required by the university, 3-6 may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions 6 units Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education 2 units
Support for the Major (Language) 0-10 units One year of college level language other than student's native language (10), demonstrated equivalent competence (0), or one year of college level American Sign Language (6). For students for whom English is not the native language, one year of college level English study may fulfill this requirement.
Requirements in the Major 36 units GE Basic Skills requirements must be completed prior to taking courses in the major.
Required Common Core 21 units Ling 101, Ling 111, Ling 112, Ling 113, Ling 114, Ling 125, and LING 162
Electives in the Major 15 units Twelve units of the elective courses must be linguistics courses. All electives must be chosen with prior advisor approval.
Electives 24-37 units
120 units

For more information please contact Dr. Soteria (Roula) Svorou ( Roula.Svorou@sjsu.edu)