Linguistics / Undergraduate Study

Linguistics and Spanish BA

The major combines the basic courses of the general linguistics program with that of Spanish. Students are able to study one of the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Hispanic heritage, as well as enrich their knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language.

Learning Outcomes

The Linguistics and Spanish 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, Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 25 (or 27), 42, 44, completion of the equivalent of the third term of a second foreign language.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Linguistics and Spanish 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 Spanish, one Spanish composition course, one Spanish civilization course, one Spanish American civilization course, one introduction to linguistics 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: Twelve upper-division courses as follows: Linguistics 103, 110, 120A, 120B, 165A (or 165B), one additional upper-division course in linguistics, Spanish 100A, 100B, 119, 160, and two additional upper-division Spanish courses.