Linguistics Major - Language and Society

The Language and Society offers students the opportunity to investigate language in its social setting. This includes exploring hypotheses concerning the relationship between language and culture, multilingualism, language birth and decline, and language variation and change. Students have the opportunity to acquire a multidisciplinary approach to language study by taking targeted courses in related departments.

Major requirements (Worksheet):

  • Completion of 12 upper division courses with C- or better (exception: one quarter of LIGN199 taken for pass/no pass may count toward the major)
  • All Linguistics Majors must demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language by either 1) passing a reading proficiency exam and oral interview administered by the Linguistics department in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Tagalog, Portuguese, Vietnamese, or American Sign  Language, or 2) earning a C- or higher in a course given at UCSD representing the fourth quarter of instruction in any foreign language, or 3) by scoring 4 or higher on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in a foreign language.  It may be possible to take a proficiency exam in a language other than those listed above.  It is critical that students consult with the Linguistics Department's Undergraduate Advisors (linginfo@ling.ucsd.edu) about this requirement.

6 core courses:

  • LIGN 101: Introduction to the Study of Language
  • LIGN 110: Phonetics
  • LIGN 111: Phonology
  • LIGN 120: Morphology
  • LIGN 121: Syntax
  • LIGN 130: Semantics

Students are advised to take these classes as early as possible, especially LIGN101, which is a prerequisite for most linguistics classes. LIGN110 is required for LIGN111, and LIGN111 and LIGN121 are recommended for LIGN120.

3 additional linguistics electives

1 course in sociolinguistics chosen from:

  • LIGN 174: Gender and Language in Society
  • LIGN 175: Sociolinguistics
  • LIGN 177: Multilingualism
  

2 courses from other departments, chosen from the approved list. Please check to see if there are prerequisites for these classes.

Anthropology
  • ANSC 118: Language and Culture
  • ANSC 122: Language in Society
  • ANSC 162: Language, Identity, and Community
Communication
  • COMM 100B: Interpretive Strategies
  • COMM 110P: Language, Literacy, and Communication: Language and Human Communication
  • COMM 110T: Language, Literacy, and Communication: Language, Thought, and Media
  • COMM 112G: Interaction and Mediation: Language and Globalization
  • COMM 168: Bilingual Communication
  • COMM 169: Deaf Culture in the U.S.

Ethnic Studies

  • ETHN 140: Language and American Ethnicity
  • ETHN 141: Language, Culture, and Inequality
  • ETHN 144: Bilingual Communities in the USA

Sociology

  • SOCI 117/EDS 117: Language, Culture, and Education
  • SOCI 118E: Sociology of Language
  • SOCI 120T: Special Topics in Culture, Language, and Social Interaction

Education Studies

  • EDS 125: History, Politics, and Theory of Bilingual Education

The undergraduate program introduces majors and non-majors to the scientific study of language in the broader perspective of a liberal arts education.

Inquiries about language classes should be directed to the Language Program advisors .

Inquiries about the Linguistics Undergraduate Program (specific questions about classes, plans of study, graduate school options, and EAP/OAP class approval) should be directed to the Undergraduate Advisors.