2007-2008 Academic Catalog

Degree Programs


College of Liberal Arts
Linguistics Program
(907) 474-6585

B.A. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

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Linguistics is the study of language and covers a variety of subjects from theories of grammar and how we produce language to applications of linguistic knowledge in areas such as language teaching. The undergraduate degree program seeks to give an overview of the discipline to raise students’ awareness of the many aspects of that uniquely human phenomenon, language.

Major--B.A. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    1. Complete the following background-related requirements:**
      Foreign or Native language (four semesters or equivalent) and a second language (two semesters).***--12-16 credits
      LING 101--Nature of Language--3 credits
    2. Complete the following:*
      ENGL 318--Modern English Grammar--3 credits
      LING 318--Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology--3 credits
      LING 320--Introduction to Morphology--3 credits
      LING 430--Historical Linguistics (3)
           or LING 420--Semantics (3)--3 credits
      LING 482--Seminar in Linguistics--3 credits
    3. Complete six of the following:*
      ANL 251--Introduction to Athabascan Linguistics--3 credits
      ANL 315--Alaska Native Languages: Eskimo-Aleut--3 credits
      ANL 316--Alaska Native Languages: Indian Languages--3 credits
      ANS 320W--Language and Culture: Applications of Alaska--3 credits
      ANTH/WMS 308W,O--Language and Gender--3 credits
      COMM 320--Communication and Language--3 credits
      ENGL 462--Applied English Linguistics--3 credits
      ENGL 472--History of the English Language--3 credits
      LING 216--Languages of the World--3 credits
      LING/ED 303W,O--Language Acquisition--3 credits
      LING 402--Second Language Acquisition--3 credits
      LING 410O--Theory and Methods of Second Language Teaching--3 credits
      LING 420--Semantics--3 credits
      LING 430--Historical Linguistics--3 credits
      LING 431--Field Methods in Descriptive Linguistics I--3 credits
      LING 434-- Field Methods in Descriptive Linguistics II--3 credits
      LING 440W--Aspects of Bilingualism--3 credits
      LING 450O--Language, Policy and Planning--3 credits
  4. Minimum credits required--120 credits


  1. Complete the following:
    LING 101--Nature of Language--3 credits
    LING 318--Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology--3 credits
    LING 320--Introduction to Morphology (3)
         or ENGL 318--Modern English Grammar (3)--3 credits
    Complete two LING electives. ****--6 credits
  2. Minimum credits required--15 credits

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
**Where appropriate, these courses may be counted toward fulfillment of core requirements or B.A. degree requirements, but not both.
*** It is recommended that at least one of the languages be other than an Indo-European language.
**** Three of these credits may be from related courses in other departments listed in the linguistics major under 3c.