Major Requirements

The linguistics major curriculum provides a rigorous, comprehensive background in the core theoretical areas of linguistics, augmented by coursework in many applied areas from which students can freely choose. Training in methodology and a capstone course round up the BA degree.

The following information is also available as a checklist:

Core courses (15 credits)

This group comprises the intro course followed by four courses on the theoretical foundations of linguistics:

Upper-level course: choice of one of the following (3 credits)

Two electives (6 credits)

Students are required to complete two (2) LING 1000-level elective courses. Electives may be chosen from among graduate courses if the six basic courses from the first two headings above have been completed. Linguistics-focused courses offered by another department at Pitt or CMU may be used as a substitute; check with your advisor.

Method course: choice of one of the following (3 credits)

Capstone course: choice of one of the following (1 to 3 credits)

Other requirements and rules for linguistics majors

  • 29 total credits are required, excluding the language requirement noted below.
  • In addition to the language requirement for all A&S majors, students need to take one semester of language study in some language that is not Romance (including Latin), Germanic, Slavic, or Greek.
  • Starting Spring 2013, a grade of B or higher for LING 1000 is required for the rest of the core courses.
  • CSD 1020 is considered an equivalent of LING 1000.
  • Majors must have at least a 2.0 quality point average in linguistics courses.
  • No more than six credits may be taken on the S/N basis.
  • Credit by examination is not available.
  • As an Arts and Sciences requirement, majors must complete one linguistics W-course. These courses are currently:
  • As a school of Arts and Sciences requirement, majors also must complete 12 credits of a minor, a related area, a certificate program, or another major.