University of Florida
Linguistics involves the study of language in many domains and from multiple perspectives. The core courses analyze sounds, words, and the structure of language(s). The discipline also covers old and new languages; speech in ordinary conversation, the workplace, and the classroom. Child acquisition of languages and adult acquisition of secondary language are important topics. Linguists also study language in relation to gender, culture, the brain, as well as the interrelationship of languages and dialects. Linguists analyze and contribute to mass communication, they testify about language meaning and use in the courtroom, and they analyze natural language processing. Their expertise helps people in all walks of life to communicate more effectively: patients and doctors, spouses and partners, students and teachers. Finally, linguists teach non-native speakers to speak, read, write, and comprehend English.
The Linguistics major consists of 33 semester hours distributed as detailed below. Students must maintain a 2.5 UF GPA on all critical tracking coursework in semester 3 and a 2.75 UF GPA in semesters 4 and 5.
For further information contact the
undergraduate advisor, Dr. Wind Cowles.
· LIN 3010 Introduction to Linguistics
· LIN 3201 Sounds of Human Language (Prereq: LIN 3010)
· LIN 3460 The Structure of Human Language (Prereq: LIN 3010)
· TSL 3360
· TSL 3378
· LIN 3611
· LIN 3680
· LIN 4033
· LIN 4205
· LIN 4320
· LIN 4400
· LIN 4500
· LIN 4600
· LIN 4605
· LIN 4656
· LIN 4701
· LIN 4702C
· LIN 4721
· LIN 4784
· LIN 4790
· LIN 4803
· LIN 4850
· LIN 4930
· LIN 4905
· LIN 4970
· ARA 3840 History of the Arabic Language (LLC)
· ARA 4820 Structure of an Arabic Dialect (LLC)
· ARA 4850 Structure of Standard Arabic (LLC)
· CHI 4850 Structure of Chinese (LLC )
· ENG 4060 History of the English Language (English)
· FRE 4780 Introduction to French Phonetics and Phonology (LLC)
· FRE 4850 Introduction to the Structure of French (LLC)
· GER 4450 German Phonetics and Pronunciation (LLC)
· GER 4840 History of the German Language (LLC)
· GER 4850 The Structure and Stylistics of German (LLC)
· GEW 4930 Seminar in Germanic Languages and Literatures (LLC, with LIN approval)
· HAT 3700 Introduction to Haitian Creole Linguistics
· HEB 3130 Biblical Hebrew (LLC)
· JPN 3730 Language in Japanese Society (LLC)
· JPN 4850 Structure of Japanese (LLC)
· POR 4770 Portuguese Phonetics and Phonology (LLC)
· POR 4840 History of the Portuguese Language (LLC)
· RUS 4700 Structure of Russian (LLC)
· RUS 4840 History of the Russian Language (LLCc)
· SPN 4780 Spanish Phonetics (LLC)
· SPN 4822 Introduction to Sociolinguistics of Spain and Spanish America (LLC)
· SPN 4830 Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Dialectology (LLC)
· SPN 4840 Introduction to the History of the Spanish Language (LLC)
· SPN 4850 Structure of Spanish (LLC)
· SPN 4930 Special Topics in Spanish Language and Linguistics (LLC, with LIN approval)
· SSA 3730 Language in African Society (LLC)
· SSA 4750 Structure of an African Language (LLC)
· ANT 3620 Language and Culture (Anthropology)
· DEP 3053 Developmental Psychology (PSY)
· DEP 4163 Cognitive Development (PSY)
· DEP 4930 Psychology of Language Development (PSY)
· EXP 3604 Cognitive Psychology (PSY)
· PHI 4220 Philosophy of Language (Philosophy)
· SPA 3002 Survey of Communication Disorders (CSD)
· SPA 3011 Speech Acoustics (CSD)
· SPA 3032 Fundamentals of Hearing (CSD)
· SPA 4004 Language Development (CSD)
· SPA 4104 Neural Basis of Communication (CSD)
· SPA 4402 Language Development and Disorders (CSD)
· SPC 3331 Nonverbal Communication (CSD)
· SPC 4301 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (Writing & Oral Communication)
· SPC 4425 Small Group Communication (W&O)
· SPC 4710 Patterns of Intercultural Communication(W&O)
· Or two semesters of one non-Romance and non-Germanic language, see under Foreign Language Recommendation
Two semesters of a non-Romance and non-Germanic
To graduate cum laude, a student must have 3.5 overall junior/senior-level average. Students who wish to graduate with high honors (magna cum laude) or highest honors (summa cum laude) must, in addition to having the required upper level GPA, (1) have a major GPA of 3.5 or higher; (2) enroll in LIN4905, Individual Study; followed by (3) LIN4970 Senior Thesis. The senior thesis must be submitted and approved prior to graduation. Postbaccalaureate students are not eligible to receive honors recognition.
To be granted a Minor in Linguistics a student must complete, with a 2.0 average, 15 credits- (5 classes) with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA.
Required Core Courses
9 hours (same as major) with grades of C or higher
· LIN 3010
· LIN 3201
· LIN 3460
· Any two (2) LIN 4000 level courses or one (1) LIN 4000 level course and one semester of a non-Romance/non-Germanic language.
· Q: What can you do with a linguistics major?
A: See the 'why major in linguistics' flyer at http://www.lsadc.org/info/ling-faqs-whymajor.cfm. Also see the 'jobs' listings on http://linguistlist.org to get an idea of the kind of jobs that are available for people with a linguistics background.
· Q: Do I need to take a foreign language?
A: It is not required to take a foreign language towards the Linguistics major, as long as you fulfill the college language requirement (http://www.advising.ufl.edu/student/foreignlang.html). We do encourage our students to take a less-commonly taught language as an elective towards the major. This language needs to be a non-Romance/non-Germanic language; that is, languages such as Portuguese, Spanish, French, and German do not count. In consultation with the linguistics undergraduate advisor, some exceptions can be made. For instance, Latin can be counted towards the major, even though it can be considered a Romance language. Examples of languages that qualify are: Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Swahili, Vietnamese, Hungarian, Czech, Russian, Hindi, Akan, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba (see http://www.languages.ufl.edu), and American Sign Language (http://slhs.phhp.ufl.edu). You need to take at least a two-semester sequence. Only up to 6 credits can count as electives towards the major. The language courses cannot be taken S/U. We do not honor proficiency in a language if you do not have the language courses on your transcript. For instance, if you are a native speaker of Chinese, you will not get 6 credits for free towards the major!
· Q: I am taking or have taken LIN 3010. Can I take LIN 2000?
A: No, you cannot take LIN 2000 simultaneously with, or following LIN 3010. This is because LIN 2000 is a lower level introduction to Linguistics than LIN 3010.
· Q: How do I sign up for independent study or senior thesis? I cannot find this on ISIS.
A: Complete the form at http://www.lin.ufl.edu/Forms/LIN4905.PDF (independent study) or http://www.lin.ufl.edu/Forms/LIN4970.pdf (senior thesis), and have your mentor sign it. The description should mention what you will be doing and what you will be graded on. Give the form to the linguistics undergraduate advisor, before the end of drop/add. We will register you in ISIS.
For more information, and tips on how to find a topic or mentor, see: http://www.lin.ufl.edu/PDF/researchopportunities.pdf For more information on senior thesis, see: Senior Thesis Information
· Q: Which Gen Ed courses are good for LIN majors?
A: SPA 2109 "Language Breakdown and the Brain" (Bio Gen Ed) and LIN 2704 "Language as a Cognitive System" (Social Sciences Gen Ed). Note that these are 2000-level courses and, hence, do not count towards the LIN major.
· Q: Which minors are good to combine with a LIN major?
A: This depends on your interests and focus. Most common are: a language minor (e.g. Chinese, Spanish), Teaching English as a Second Language, African Studies, Communication Disorders, Psychology, Education, Business, and Computer Science.
· Q: Which societies, websites, and forums are good for linguistics students to look into?
A: The Linguistics Society is a good forum for undergraduate students and graduate students at UF: http://www.uflingsoc.info. As for professional organizations and forms, check out the Language Society of America (LSA) at http://www.lsadc.org, the Linguist List (http://linguistlist.org), and our own Florida Linguistics.com. UF Linguistics also has biweekly seminars that are open to everyone: Thursday Linguistics Seminar. If you are interested in scholarships, be sure to check out the CLAS Scholarships website.
· Q: How can I best prepare for admission to a graduate program in Linguistics?
A: In any case, do an independent study (Research Opportunities), and, if you qualify, a senior thesis (http://www.lin.ufl.edu/major_new_fall_2010.html#honors). It is also recommended that you take the 4000-level linguistics core classes, such as phonology, morphology, syntax, phonetics, semantics, and formal semantics. If you know what kind of linguistics you wish to specialize in, consult a faculty member in that area to discuss what other courses are good to take. Also, speak with him/her about what the best graduate programs in the field are. This faculty member may be willing to proofread your personal statement, and to write a letter of recommendation if you ask! Also, the Career Resource Center provides helpful information on applying to graduate school (http://www.crc.ufl.edu).
· Q: How do I find M.A./Ph.D programs in Linguistics?
A: See applelinguist.wordpress.com. Also ask faculty members, especially those who work in the fields you are interested in. Once you have found a few programs, contact the faculty you would like to work with to see if they will be accepting new graduate students. Contacting some of the faculty's students may also give you valuable information.
· Q: How do I prepare for a non-academic job?
A: UF's Career Resource Center may be able to help you out: (http://www.crc.ufl.edu). In addition, consider taking classes or pursuing a minor in a field that you try to find a job in, for instance, business or education.
· Q: What are good study abroad programs for a linguistics major?
A: Look for programs that offer linguistics courses. You may be able to transfer some of these towards your UF major. Some programs that offer linguistics are: the University of Mannheim (Germany), Madrid (Spain), Haifa (Israel), and Utrecht (Netherlands), but there are many more. Be careful, though, as some programs may offer linguistics courses in one particular year or semester, but not in another! Before you leave, have the undergraduate coordinator in Linguistics sign a course equivalency form (see next question). For more information, see UF's International Center: http://www.ufic.ufl.edu.
· Q: How do I go about having the study abroad courses approved?
A: Before you leave to go abroad, you need to complete a course equivalency form (available at UF's International Center), and have it further completed and signed by the undergraduate advisors of the department that offer the equivalent courses at UF. To make it easier for the advisors to see whether the course you take abroad is equivalent to a UF course, please provide the course description and syllabus. An overview of the textbooks used is often helpful, too.
Current (2006 and beyond)
· Composition (GE) 3
· Foreign language 3-5
· Logic or Mathematics (GE)* 3
· Composition (GE) 3
· LIN 3010 Intro to Ling (GE-H) 3
· Pick two out of the following three: LIN 3201
Sounds of Human Language; LIN 3460 Structure of Human Language; LIN course
3000-level or above Total 6
· One linguistic course (3000 or above) 3
· Three linguistic courses (4000 level) 9
* A non-western language is recommended.