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Linguistics B.S.

Writing Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 48 to 53
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The B.S. in linguistics prepares students to undertake the study of language in a rigorous, scientific manner. The major offers basic and advanced courses in the sound, structure, and meaning of language, and it teaches students the fundamental methods of scientific inquiry. The curriculum focuses on both the internal place of language in the human mind and brain, as well as the external role of language in communication and culture. Along the way, students will consider many topics in linguistics, such as syntactic structure of languages, semantic and pragmatic meaning, language acquisition, language disorders, language evolution, dialects and sociolinguistic variation, language and gender, computational linguistics, and many others. With topics such as these in mind, students will be trained to form research questions, gather data, and make arguments based upon their observations. They will also gain experience working with a wide range of languages and diverse cultures. The program will also require a background in science and mathematics consistent with a bachelor of science degree, which will allow students a straightforward double major in many of the established science majors at the University. There is a diversity of employment opportunities for linguistics majors. The analytical skills and experience with language makes linguistic majors particularly appealing to computer and software companies, as writers and analysts of all types, in education, in projects such as speech recognition and machine translation, and as preparation for advanced study in all of the liberal arts, social sciences, and computer sciences disciplines. Finally, the United States Department of Homeland Security and federal law enforcement agencies routinely hire employees trained in linguistics.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. A second field of study (either a minor or another major).
Core Requirements (9 cr)
LING 1811 - Introduction to Linguistics [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
LING 3102 - Introduction to Syntax (3.0 cr)
LING 3103 - Dimensions of Meaning (3.0 cr)
Mathematics Requirements (8 - 10 cr)
Take one of the following sequences (two courses).
MATH 1290 - Calculus for the Natural Sciences [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or MATH 1296 - Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or MATH 1596 - Honors: Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
MATH 1297 - Calculus II [LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or MATH 1597 - Honors: Calculus II [LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or STAT 2411 - Statistical Methods [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
Natural Science Requirement (7 - 10 cr)
Take one of the following sequences.
BIOL 1011 - General Biology I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
BIOL 1012 - General Biology II [SUSTAIN] (5.0 cr)
or Chemistry
CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1155 - General Chemistry II (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1156 - General Chemistry Lab II (1.0 cr)
or CHEM 1161 - Honors: General Chemistry I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
CHEM 1162 - Honors: General Chemistry II (5.0 cr)
or Geography
GEOG 1414 - Physical Geography [LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
GEOG 3401 - Weather and Climate (3.0 cr)
or GEOG 3422 - Natural Hazards (3.0 cr)
or Geology
GEOL 1110 - Geology and Earth Systems [LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
GEOL 2311 - Mineralogy (4.0 cr)
or GEOL 2312 - Petrology (5.0 cr)
or Physics
PHYS 2013 - General Physics I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2014 - General Physics Lab I [NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
PHYS 2015 - General Physics II (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2016 - General Physics Lab II (1.0 cr)
Technical/Math or Natural Sciences (6 cr)
Two additional courses from technical/math or natural sciences. Courses taken above cannot apply here. Courses may be from one area or across fields of study.
Take no more than 2 course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· BIOL 2xxx
· BIOL 3xxx
· CHEM 2xxx
· CHEM 3xxx
· CS 1xxx
· CS 2xxx
· CS 3xxx
· GEOG 2552 - Introduction to Maps and Geospatial Information [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3532 - Map Design and Geographic Visualization (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 2xxx
· GEOL 3xxx
· GIS 3xxx
· MATH 3xxx
· MATH 4xxx
· PHYS 3xxx
· PHYS 4xxx
· STAT 1xxx
· STAT 2xxx
· STAT 3xxx
· STAT 4xxx
· STAT 5xxx
Linguistics and External Electives Total (15 cr)
Within these 15 credits, 9 credits must be from linguistics in addition to the core.
Linguistics Electives
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· LING 2xxx
· LING 3xxx
· LING 4xxx
· External Electives (optional)
NOTE: The intermediate Russian language sequence is available through the College of St. Scholastica or by studying abroad.
Take no more than 2 course(s) from the following:
· AMIN 2103 - Intermediate Ojibwe I [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 2104 - Intermediate Ojibwe II [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 4628 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· ASL 3003 - Intermediate American Sign Language I [COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· ASL 3004 - Intermediate American Sign Language II [COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
· CS 5541 - Artificial Intelligence (4.0 cr)
· CS 5751 - Introduction to Machine Learning (4.0 cr)
· CS 5761 - Introduction to Natural Language Processing (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5821 - History of the English Language (4.0 cr)
· FR 1201 - Intermediate French I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· FR 1202 - Intermediate French II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· FR 2301 - Advanced French [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· GER 1201 - Intermediate German I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· GER 1202 - Intermediate German II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· GER 2301 - Advanced German [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· OJED 3100 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
· OJED 3110 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 1025 - Introduction to Cognitive Science (3.0 cr)
· PHIL 2011 - Philosophy of Language [LE CAT3, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3621 - Cognition (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3661 - Psychology of Language (3.0 cr)
· RUSS 1210 - Intermediate Russian Language and Culture (Abroad) [COMM & LAN] (8.0 cr)
· SPAN 1201 - Intermediate Spanish I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 1202 - Intermediate Spanish II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 2301 - Advanced Spanish [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx - Advanced Writing
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