Linguistics / Undergraduate Study

Linguistics and Asian Languages and Cultures BA

The major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of East Asian languages and cultures. Students are able to study the civilizations of China, Korea, Japan, and India; and enrich their knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language at the same time.

Learning Outcomes

The Linguistics and Asian Languages and Cultures 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: Completion of the sixth term in either Chinese, Japanese, or Korean; Linguistics 20; one cultural anthropology course; either Chinese 50, Japanese 50, or Korean 50, as appropriate; completion of the equivalent of the third term of a second foreign language.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Linguistics and Asian Languages and Cultures major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: two years of either Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, one introduction to linguistics course, one cultural anthropology course, one Chinese, Japanese, or Korean civilization course, and one year of a second foreign language.

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

The Major

Required: Linguistics 103, 110, 120A, 120B, 165A (or 165B), one upper-division elective in linguistics; for the classical Japanese track: Japanese 100A, 100B, four courses from CM122, 140A, 140B, 140C, C149; for the modern Japanese track: Japanese 100A, 100B, 100C, three courses from M120, CM122, CM123 (or CM127), 130B; for the classical Chinese track: Chinese 110A, 110B, 110C, three courses from 140A through 140D, 165, 187; for the modern Chinese track: Chinese 100A, 100B, 100C, three courses from 101A, 101B, 130A, 130B; for the Korean track: Korean 100A, 100B, 100C, three courses from 101A, 101B, 101C, CM120, CM127, 130A, 130B.