Linguistics / Undergraduate Study

Linguistics and Psychology BA

The major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of psychology. Students are able to study and explain human and animal behavior, both normal and abnormal, as well as enrich their knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language.

Learning Outcomes

The Linguistics and Psychology 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, Psychology 10, 85, 100A, 100B, completion of the equivalent of the sixth term of one foreign language and the third term of a second foreign language. Program in Computing 10A is strongly recommended.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Linguistics and Psychology 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 introduction to psychology course, one introduction to cognitive science course, one psychological statistics course, one psychology research methods course, and two years of one foreign language and one year of a second foreign language. One introduction to programming 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 (six in linguistics and five in psychology) as follows: Linguistics 102 (or 103), 119A (or 120A), 119B (or 120B), two of 130, 132, and C135, and one upper-division elective in linguistics (multiple-listed courses may not be applied). Linguistics 165A, 165B, and whichever of 130, 132, and C135 has not been used to satisfy the requirement, are strongly recommended. Also required are Psychology 120A, 121, 133B, and two electives to be selected from 115, 116, M117C, 118, M119L, 124A, 124B, 124C, 124E, 130, 133C, 133E, 133F, 186A, 186B.