Major in Linguistics

Major Advisor

Dr. Julia McGory mcgory.1@osu.edu
108A Ohio Stadium East, 1961 Tuttle Park Place
614 688-3109

Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30-3:00 pm

There are two tracks in this major: Track A and Track B. Students are advised to complete one of these based on their academic goals and interests. These are not transcriptable programs. Each track will lead to a BA in Linguistics. Track A is designed to give students familiarity with a broad range of subject areas in linguistics. Track B is particularly appropriate for students interested in research who plan to go on to graduate school. As a means of promoting a deeper understanding of linguistics, Track B requires a sequence of two (typically) upper level courses in one subject area. In addition to these two tracks, undergraduates have the option of working with the undergraduate advisor to design a variant tailored to their particular interests. The Linguistics Major requires successful completion (with a grade of C- or higher) of 30 credit hours for Track A and 33 credit hours for Track B.

Programs of Study for Undergraduates

Track A (at least 30 credit hours, excluding prerequisites)

  1. Prerequisite Course Work (6 credits)

    1. Introductory Linguistics Course (3 credits):
      LING 2000 or LING 2000H
       
    2. Language requirement -- to be satisfied before or while completing thIne BA requirements. (This requirement does not need to be satisfied before declaring the major.)
      One of the following (3 credits):
      Advanced foreign language beyond the GE requirement (2000 level or above; taught in the foreign language)
      Field Methods: LING 4550 or LING 5551
       
  2. Major Core Courses (18 credits)

    1. Core Courses. Four required courses -- can be taken in any order:
      Phonetics: LING 4100
      Syntax: LING 4200
      Phonology: LING 4300
      Linguistics Meaning: LING 4400
       
    2. Elective Core Courses. Two required courses -- in two distinct areas from the following list:
      Historical Linguistics: LING 3901 or 5901
      Sociolinguistics: LING 3602, LING 3602H, LING 3603, or LING 5601
      Psycholinguistics: LING 3701, LING 3701H, or LING 5701
      Field Methods: LING 4550 or 5551 (may be used concurrently to satisfy the language prerequisite)
       
  3. Major Elective Courses (12 credits)

Students following Track A in linguistics must take at least 12 hours of any linguistics course at the 2000 level or above not used to fill a requirement in a.i, b.i, or b.ii. These should be chosen in consultation with their major adviser. Elective courses will often complement an area of secondary interest for the student (often a minor or second major). See the  complete listing and description of linguistics courses.

Some suggested linguistics courses for undergraduate majors

  • Analyzing Sounds of Language: 2051, 2051H
  • Theories of Linguistics: The Scientific Method for Abstractions and Unobservables : H2052
  • Language, Sex and Gender in American Culture: 2367.01, 2367.01H
  • Language and Advertising: 2367.02
  • Codes and Code-Breaking: 3801
  • Cognitive Science: 5612
  • Computational Ling: 3802, 5801, 5802, 5803
  • Field Methods: 4550, 5551
  • Historical Linguistics: 3901, 5901
  • Independent Study: 4193
  • Introduction to American Indigenous Languages: 3501
  • Language & Formal Reasoning: 2001
  • Language & the Black Experience: 4601, 4602
  • Language and Advertising: 2367.02
  • Language and Computers: 3802, 3802H
  • Language and Law: A cross-cultural perspective: 4597.02
  • Language and the Mind: 3701, 3701H
  • Language Endangerment and Language Death: 4597.01
  • Language Evolution and Language Change: 3901
  • Language, Race & Ethnicity in the U.S.: 3601
  • Languages across Cultures: 3603
  • Languages and Social Identity in the U.S.: 3602, 3602H
  • Morphology: 4350, 5351
  • Phonetics: 5101, 5102
  • Phonology: 5301, 5302
  • Psycholinguistics: 3701, 3701H, 5701
  • Research Internship in Linguistics: 3191
  • Semantics: 5401, 5402
  • Sociolinguistics: 5601, 5602
  • Syntax: 5201, 5202
  • Undergraduate Research Seminar: 4780
  • Words and Meaning: 3401

Some possible configurations of elective courses keyed to related areas

  • Anthropological linguistics: 2367.01, 3602 or 3603, 4550, 5601
  • Computer and Information Science: 5612, 5001, 5801, 5802
  • Computational linguistics: 5801, 5802, 5803
  • Education: 3602, 3701, 5701
  • Electrical Engineering: 4000, 5101, 5102; or 5001, 5801, 5802
  • Foreign Language: A two-quarter sequence at the 5000 level in phonetics, syntax, or phonology
  • Philosophy: 4400, 5612, 5001, 5401, 5402
  • Political Science: 2367.01, 3602 or 3603, 5601
  • Psychology: 3701, 5612, 5701
  • Sociology: 2367.01, 3602 or 3602, 5601
  • Speech and Hearing Science: 3701, 5101, 5102, 5701
  • Women's Studies: 2367.01, 3602 or 3602, 5601, 5602

Track B (at least 33 credits, excluding prerequisites)

  1. Prerequisite Course Work (9 credits)

    1. Introductory linguistics course:
      LING 2000, LING 2000H, or LING 5000
       
    2. Language requirement -- to be satisfied before or while completing the BA requirements. (This requirement does not need to be satisfied before declaring the major.)
      One of the following (3 credits):
      Advanced foreign language beyond the GE requirement (2000 level or above; taught in the foreign language)
      Field Methods LING 4550 or LING 5551
       
    3. Analytic prerequisite -- to be satisfied while completing the BA requirements. (This requirement does not need to be satisfied before declaring the major.) One of the following (3 credits):
      LING 2001, LING 2051, or LING 5001
      Philosophy 2500
      Mathematics 2366 
      Statistics 1350 or 1450
      Psychology 2220
       
  2. Major Core Courses (18 credits)

    1. Four Core Courses -- can be taken in any order:
      Phonetics: LING 4000
      Syntax: LING 4200
      Phonology: LING 4300
      Semantics: LING 4400
       
    2. Two Elective Core Courses -- from two distinct areas from the following list:
      Historical Linguistics: LING 3901 or 5901
      Sociolinguistics: LING 3602 or LING 3602H or LING 3603 or LING 5601
      Psycholinguistics: LING 3701 or LING 3701H or LING 5701
      Field Methods: LING 4550 or 5551 (may be used concurrently to satisfy the language prerequisite)
       
  3. LING 4780 Undergraduate Seminar in Linguistics (3 credits)

  4. Two-course Sequence (6 Credits)

Choose from among the following (or some other sequence approved by the linguistics undergraduate advisor). Courses used to satisfy other requirements of the major may not be used as part of the sequence requirement.

  • Computational Linguistics: LING 5801, LING 5802
  • Sociolinguistics: LING 5601, LING 5602
  • Field Methods: LING 4550, LING 5551
  • Historical linguistics: LING 3901, LING 5901
  • Phonetics: LING 5101, LING 5102
  • Phonology: LING 5301, LING 5302
  • Psycholinguistics: LING 3701 or LING 3701H and LING 5701
  • Semantics: LING 5401, LING 5402
  • Syntax: LING 5201, LING 5202

E. Major Elective Courses (6 credits)

Students following Track B in linguistics must take at least 6 hours of any linguistics course at the 2000 level or above not used to fill a requirement in b.i, b.ii, c, or d. These should be chosen in consultation with their major adviser. These courses may be at any level. A complete listing and description of linguistics courses can be found at: http://linguistics.osu.edu/courses. Total elective linguistic credit hours required will depend upon the two-course sequence selected (see above).

Some suggested linguistics courses for undergraduate majors:
Analyzing Sounds of Language: 2051, 2051H
Codes and Code-Breaking: 3801
Cognitive Science: 5612
Computational Linguistics: 3802, 5801, 5802, 5803
Field Methods: 4550, 5551
Historical Linguistics: 5901
Independent Study: 4193
Introduction to American Indigenous Languages: 3501
Language & Formal Reasoning: 2001
Language & the Black Experience: 4601, 4602
Language and Advertising: 2367.02
Language and Computers: 3802, 3802H
Language and Law: A cross-cultural perspective: 4597.02
Language and the Mind: 3701, 3701H
Language Endangerment and Language Death: 4597.01
Language Evolution and Language Change: 3901
Language, Race & Ethnicity in the U.S.: 3601
Language, Sex and Gender in American Culture: 2367.01, 2367.01H
Languages across Cultures: 3603
Languages and Social Identity in the U.S.: 3602, 3602H
Morphology: 4350, 5351
Phonetics: 5101, 5102
Phonology: 5301, 5302
Psycholinguistics: 3701, 3701H, 5701
Research Internship in Linguistics: 3191 Semantics: 4400, 5401, 5402
Sociolinguistics: 5601, 5602
Syntax: 5201, 5202
Undergraduate Research Seminar: 4780
Words and Meaning: 3401

Some possible configurations of elective courses keyed to related areas
Anthropological linguistics: 2367.01, 3602 or 3603, 4550, 5601
Computer and Information Science: 5612, 5001, 5801, 5802
Computational linguistics: 3802, 5801, 5802, 5803
Education: 3602, 3701, 5701
Electrical Engineering: 4000, 5101, 5102; or 5001, 5801, 5802
Foreign Language: A two-quarter sequence at the 5000 level in phonetics, syntax, or phonology
Philosophy: 4400, 5612, 5001, 5401, 5402
Political Science: 2367.01, 3602 or 3603, 5601
Psychology: 3701, 5612, 5701
Sociology: 2367.01, 3602 or 3602, 5601
Speech and Hearing Science: 3701, 5101, 5102, 5701
Women's Studies: 2367.01, 3602 or 3602, 5601, 5602

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