College of Liberal Arts
Linguistics Program

B.A. Degree; Minor

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

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 F101—Nature of Language—3 credits
    2. Complete the following:*
      ENGL F318—Modern English Grammar—3 credits
      LING F318—Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology—3 credits
      LING F320—Introduction to Morphology—3 credits
      LING F430—Historical Linguistics (3)
           or LING F420—Semantics (3)—3 credits
      LING F482—Seminar in Linguistics—3 credits
    3. Complete six of the following:*
      ANL F251—Introduction to Athabascan Linguistics—3 credits
      ANL F315—Alaska Native Languages: Eskimo-Aleut—3 credits
      ANL F316—Alaska Native Languages: Indian Languages—3 credits
      ANS F320W—Language and Culture: Applications of Alaska—3 credits
      ANTH/WMS F308W,O—Language and Gender—3 credits
      COMM F320—Communication and Language—3 credits
      ENGL F462—Applied English Linguistics—3 credits
      ENGL F472—History of the English Language—3 credits
      LING F410O—Theory and Methods of Second Language Teaching—3 credits
      LING F420—Semantics—3 credits
      LING F430—Historical Linguistics—3 credits
      LING F431—Field Methods in Descriptive Linguistics I—3 credits
      LING F434— Field Methods in Descriptive Linguistics II—3 credits
      LING F450O—Language, Policy and Planning—3 credits
           or other upper-division LING electives.
  4. Minimum credits required—120 credits


  1. Complete the following:
    LING F101—Nature of Language—3 credits
    LING F318—Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology—3 credits
    LING F320—Introduction to Morphology (3)
         or ENGL F318—Modern English Grammar (3)—3 credits
  2. Complete two LING electives. ****—6 credits
  3. 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.