Linguistics Major - 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 four linguistics majors. Students must satisfy the three
requirements listed below to receive “Global Concentration” recognition on their academic transcripts.
The Department offers a Linguistics Study Abroad Award and will give special consideration to students
that complete the Global Concentration.
Requirement 1: A minimum of eight units earned through study abroad, of which a minimum of
four units would count towards the major
These units may be earned through the Education Abroad Program, Opportunities Abroad Program or
Global Seminars, and must have academic transcripts. Students petition to have courses counted towards
their Global Concentration when they return from study abroad, just as they would petition to have
courses count towards their major or minor. UC San Diego Global Seminars constitute eight units, and
fulfill this criterion without the need for petition.
Requirement 2: Demonstration of proficiency in a second language through the fourth quarter of
university-level instruction, or its equivalent.
Global Concentrations at UC San Diego require second language proficiency. All Linguistics majors must
independently satisfy this requirement as part of the general requirements for a major in linguistics.
Requirement 3: A minimum of two courses with department-identified global content
The following linguistics classes are approved global content courses. This list includes two study abroad
Global Seminar (GS) courses. See http://ucsd.edu/catalog/curric/GS.html for more information.
Global Content Linguistics courses
LIGN108 Languages of Africa
LIGN141 Language Structures
LIGN143 The Structure of Spanish
LIGN157GS Roma and Gitanos
LIGN187GS The Art, Language and Culture of Flamenco
Courses taken while on study abroad may be allowed to satisfy the department global content
requirement. Students must petition study abroad courses to satisfy this requirement.
General Linguistics, Cognition and Language, Language and Society Majors
Some courses from other departments are pre-approved to count towards General Linguistics, Cognition
and Language and Language and Society majors. The following select courses from that list qualify as
global content courses (students may petition additional courses in other departments to count if they are
judged to have sufficient global content).
Global Content language-related courses in other departments
ANSC 162: Language, Identity, and Community
ANSC 116. Languages of the Americas: Mayan
ANSC 118. Language and Culture
ANSC 122. Language in Society
COMM 112G: Interaction and Mediation: Language and Globalization