Linguistics Major - Speech and Language Sciences

The speech and language sciences major is designed for students considering careers in speech-language pathology (SLP). Students take core courses in general linguistics, as well as courses that provide knowledge and theoretical perspectives on disorders of speech, language, and hearing.

Important note to students: this major is not equivalent to a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Applicants to Master’s programs in SLP who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in linguistics may be asked to satisfy additional requirements. Please see "More information on applying to SLP graduate programs” below.

Major requirements (Major Checklist):

  • Completion of 12 upper division courses and 1 lower division course with C- or better (exception: one quarter of LIGN199 taken for pass/no pass may count toward the major).
  • Demonstrated proficiency in one foreign language.

Lower-division Requirements

Language Requirement

All Linguistics Majors must demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language. This can be accomplished in one of the following ways:

  1. Pass 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.
    • It may be possible to take a proficiency exam in a language other than those listed above.
  2. Earn a C- or higher in a course given at UCSD representing the fourth quarter of instruction in any foreign language.
  3. Score 4 or higher on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in a foreign language.

It is critical that students consult with the Linguistics Department's Undergraduate Advisor (linginfo@ling.ucsd.edu) about this requirement.

Statistics

One lower division statistics course to be chosen from

COGS 14B. Introduction to Statistical Analysis

PSYC 60. Introduction to Statistics

Upper-division Requirements

Linguistics Core

Six required linguistics courses

LIGN 101. Introduction to the Study of Language

LIGN 110. Phonetics

LIGN 111. Phonology

LIGN 120. Morphology

LIGN 121. Syntax

LIGN 130. Semantics

Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders

One course in speech, language and hearing disorders

LIGN 112. Speech Sounds and Speech Disorders

Language Development and Disorders

One course in language development and disorders to be chosen from

LIGN 119. First and Second Language Learning: From Childhood through Adolescence

LIGN 171. Child Language Acquisition

LIGN 179. Second Language Acquisition Research

Neurobiology of Language

One course in neurobiology of language to be chosen from

LIGN 180. Language Representation in the Brain

LIGN 181. Language Processing in the Brain

Speech and Language Science Electives

Three speech and language sciences elective courses to be chosen from

COGS 107A. Neuroanatomy and Physiology

COGS 107C. Cognitive Neuroscience

COGS 154. Communication Disorders in Children and Adults

COGS 179. Electrophysiology of Cognition

COMM 168. Bilingual Communication

COMM 169. Deaf Culture in the U.S.

EDS 117. Language, Culture and Education (same as SOC 117)

EDS 125. History, Politics, and Theory of Bilingual Education

ETHN 185. Discourse, Power, and Inequality

LIGN 119. First and Second Language Learning: From Childhood through Adolescence

LIGN 146. Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities

LIGN 148. Psycholinguistics of Sign Language

LIGN 160. Pragmatics

LIGN 170. Psycholinguistics

LIGN 171. Child Language Acquisition

LIGN 175. Sociolinguistics

LIGN 177. Multilingualism

LIGN 179. Second Language Acquisition Research

LIGN 180. Language Representation in the Brain

LIGN 181. Language Processing in the Brain

MUS 175. Musical Psychoacoustics

PSYC 105. Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 108. Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYC 128. Psychology of Reading

PSYC 138. Sound and Music Perception

SOC 117. Language, Culture, and Education (same as EDS 117)

Exceptions: COGS 107C and PSYC 108 may not both be taken for credit toward the major.

Additional Resources

More information on applying to SLP graduate programs

Global Concentration

The Global Concentration in Linguistics is a cluster of courses with an international or global focus. The Global Concentration can be applied to any of the linguistics majors and completion of this concentration is indicated on transcripts upon graduation.

Questions?

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.