Linguistics / Undergraduate Study

Linguistics and English BA

The major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of English. Students are able to study the literatures and cultures of those parts of the world in which English is the primary language, the history and structure of the English language itself, and enrich their knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language at the same time.

Learning Outcomes

The Linguistics and English 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, English 4W (or 4HW), 10A, 10B, 10C, Philosophy 31, completion of the equivalent of the sixth term of one foreign language and the third term of a second foreign language.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Linguistics and English 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, one critical reading and writing course, one year of English literature survey courses, one symbolic logic course, and two years of one foreign language 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: Twelve upper-division courses as follows: Linguistics 103, 110, 120A, 120B, 165A or 165B (or 200A or 200B with a grade of A in 120A or 120B respectively and consent of instructor), one upper-division elective in linguistics, English 113A, 113B, 120, and three electives from 140A, 140B, 150A, 150B, 151, the 150 series (one course only), the 160 series (one course only), the 170 series (one course only).