Linguistics / Undergraduate Study

Linguistics and Anthropology BA

The Linguistics and Anthropology major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of anthropology, the study of humankind. Students will learn linguistic theory, the study of the structure of human language generally. They will also learn the many ways in which language affects human history, social identity, social interaction, and politics. Successful graduates will be well acquainted with linguistic structure, language diversity, and language typology, as well as the anthropological and social consequences of the nature of human language.

Learning Outcomes

The Linguistics and Anthropology major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Ability to apply critical thinking skills through linguistic data analysis in phonetics, phonology, syntax, and at least one other subfield
  • Understanding of advanced theoretical concepts and/or analytical techniques in at least one subfield
  • Ability to write technical material in linguistics, including language description and theory-based analysis
  • Ability to access scholarly literature on language structure and use it in research

Preparation for the Major

Required: Linguistics 20, completion of the equivalent of the sixth term of one foreign language and the third term of a second foreign language (at least three terms must be in a language other than those in the Romance, Slavic, and Germanic families). Anthropology 4 is strongly recommended, when offered.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Linguistics and Anthropology major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: one introduction to linguistics course and two years of one foreign language and one year of a second foreign language (at least one year must be in a language other than those in the Romance, Slavic, or Germanic families). One cultural and communication course is strongly recommended.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Eleven upper-division courses as follows: Linguistics 102 (or 103), 110, 119A (or 120A), 119B (or 120B or 127), M146; two courses from 114, 120C, 144, 160, 161, 170; one course from Anthropology 151 or Sociology M124A; and three upper-division electives from the Anthropology 130 series (one course only), the 150 series (one course only), the 160 series (one course only), Sociology M124A, CM125. Linguistics 165A and 165B (or 200A and 200B with grades of A in 120A and 120B respectively and consent of instructor) are recommended for students planning to pursue graduate work in linguistics.