Degree Requirements

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

Linguistics Language Proficiency

Majors must meet Language Proficiency (4th level proficiency) in a second language. Even those seeking the B.G.S. in Linguistics must complete the 4th level of foreign language proficiency. See the chart of Foreign Languages offered at KU for world languages with KU course offerings through the proficiency level.

Linguistics Major Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:

Linguistics Required Electives

Majors must complete an elective course in each of the following areas:

Electives

Satisfied by 1 additional course (3 hours) in linguistics at the junior/senior (300+) level, chosen by the student in consultation with the undergraduate coordinator. Each course must be at least 3 credit hours.

Capstone Experience

Majors must complete one capstone course:

  • LING 420 Capstone: Research in Language Science or
    LING 421 Capstone: Typology - The Unity and Diversity of Human Language

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses, or 33 hours required if completing departmental honors course LING 496.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 24 junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 24 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for linguistics.

Contact Info

Department of Linguistics

Blake Hall
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 427
Lawrence, KS 66045-3129
785-864-3450
http://www.linguistics.ku.edu/
Allard Jongman, Chair
785-864-3450

Department of Linguistics

Blake Hall
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 427
Lawrence, KS 66045-3129
785-864-3450
http://www.linguistics.ku.edu/
Harold Torrence, Director, Undergraduate Studies
785-864-3450

Department of Linguistics

Blake Hall
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 420E
Lawrence, KS 66045-3129
785-864-3450
http://www.linguistics.ku.edu/
Jie Zhang, Graduate Director
785-864-2879
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