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The Linguistics program offers a wide range of courses in the various subdisciplines of linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, and the analysis of specific languages.

Careers

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A degree in linguistics gives students excellent preparation for careers in computing and technology; clinical fields relating to speech and language; international business and education; publishing; and many other professions. Linguistic majors are also prepared to continue their education in graduate studies. Possible occupations for linguistic majors include but are not limited to the following:

Career opportunities in Linguistics

  • Computational Linguistics
  • Language Educators
  • Translators
  • Publishing
  • Law
  • National Security
  • Government
  • Business
  • Editors
  • Entertainment 

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Linguistics (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • Foreign Language 1024
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours32

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • LIN 221 - INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS I: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS AND ANALYSIS3

    First of two courses offered in the introductory linguistics sequence, designed for majors and minors in Linguistics. Provides an intense and thorough introduction to the fundamental concepts of the field, including but not limited to: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. May be of use to students in other disciplines. Prerequisite for most 500 level LIN courses.

  • Foreign Language 2013
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • LIN 222 - INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS II: LANGUAGE IN CONTEXT3

    Second of two courses offered in the introductory linguistics sequence, designed for majors and minors in Linguistics. Builds upon the theoretical knowledge gained in LIN 221. Intense introduction to a number of branches of linguistics including historical linguistics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics. May be of use to students in other disciplines. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Foreign Language 2023
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • Linguistics Course (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • LIN 500 - PHONETICS3

    This course examines the phonetics of natural language, including both the articulation and acoustics of speech sounds and suprasegmental units. Discussion includes extensive reference to languages other than English.

  • Linguistics Course (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Linguistics (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Linguistics (300+ level)3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • LIN 515 - PHONOLOGICAL ANALYSIS3

    This course is an investigation of the systematic properties of speech sounds in natural languages. It compares current theoretical approaches to the analysis of individual features and sounds as well as larger prosodic units, and identifies the dimensions of topological variation in the phonological domain. Discussion includes extensive reference to languages other than English.

  • Linguistics Course (300+ level)3
  • Linguistics Course (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Linguistics (300+ level)3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • LIN 505 - LINGUISTIC MORPHOLOGY3

    This course examines word structure in natural language. It compares current theoretical approaches to the analysis of inflection, derivation, and compounding, and identifies the dimensions of typological variation in each of these domains. Discussion includes extensive reference to languages other than English.

  • Linguistics Course (500+ level)3
  • Course Outside Linguistics (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • LIN 512 - ANALYSIS OF ENGLISH SYNTAX3

    Contemporary approaches to the syntactic analysis of Modern English; particular attention is devoted to Chomskyan syntactic theory. Prerequisite ENG/LIN 221 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Same as LIN 512. Provides ENG Major Elective credit and ENG minor credit.

  • Linguistics Course (500+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • Linguistics (BS) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Foreign Language 1024
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • A&S Social Sciences (100+ level)3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours32

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • LIN 221 - INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS I: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS AND ANALYSIS3

    First of two courses offered in the introductory linguistics sequence, designed for majors and minors in Linguistics. Provides an intense and thorough introduction to the fundamental concepts of the field, including but not limited to: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. May be of use to students in other disciplines. Prerequisite for most 500 level LIN courses.

  • Foreign Language 2013
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total19
Spring Semester
  • LIN 222 - INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS II: LANGUAGE IN CONTEXT3

    Second of two courses offered in the introductory linguistics sequence, designed for majors and minors in Linguistics. Builds upon the theoretical knowledge gained in LIN 221. Intense introduction to a number of branches of linguistics including historical linguistics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics. May be of use to students in other disciplines. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Foreign Language 2023
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Sophomore Hours37

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • Linguistics Course (300+ level)3
  • Linguistics Course (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Linguistics (100+ level)3
  • Course Outside Linguistics (100+ level)3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • LIN 500 - PHONETICS3

    This course examines the phonetics of natural language, including both the articulation and acoustics of speech sounds and suprasegmental units. Discussion includes extensive reference to languages other than English.

  • Linguistics Course (500+ level)3
  • Linguistics Course (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Linguistics (100+ level)3
  • Course Outside Linguistics (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Junior Hours36

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • LIN 512 - ANALYSIS OF ENGLISH SYNTAX3

    Contemporary approaches to the syntactic analysis of Modern English; particular attention is devoted to Chomskyan syntactic theory. Prerequisite ENG/LIN 221 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Same as LIN 512. Provides ENG Major Elective credit and ENG minor credit.

  • LIN 515 - PHONOLOGICAL ANALYSIS3

    This course is an investigation of the systematic properties of speech sounds in natural languages. It compares current theoretical approaches to the analysis of individual features and sounds as well as larger prosodic units, and identifies the dimensions of topological variation in the phonological domain. Discussion includes extensive reference to languages other than English.

  • Linguistics Course (500+ level)3
  • Course Outside Linguistics (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • LIN 505 - LINGUISTIC MORPHOLOGY3

    This course examines word structure in natural language. It compares current theoretical approaches to the analysis of inflection, derivation, and compounding, and identifies the dimensions of typological variation in each of these domains. Discussion includes extensive reference to languages other than English.

  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

Linguistics is an interdisciplinary program combining resources from English, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, computer science, and the foreign languages, to develop an understanding of the nature and implications of human language. The program provides solid foundations in phonological and grammatical analysis, as well as opportunities to investigate the social, cultural, psychological, and physical aspects of language use.

 
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Graduation Requirements

Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the major requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must complete a minimum of 60 hours in biological, physical, mathematical and/or computer sciences. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees in the Arts and Sciences section of the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

UK Core Requirements

  • The Nature of Inquiry in Arts and Creativity (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Humanities (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • The nature of Inquiry in the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication I (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication II (3 hours)
  • Quantitative Foundations (3 hours)
  • Statistical and Inferential Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA (3 hours)
  • Global Dynamics (3 hours)

Total Credit Hours - 30


Premajor Requirements 

To complete the premajor requirements a Linguistics major must complete the third and fourth semesters of a foreign language (or the equivalent)

Total Hours - 6-8

Major Requirements 

Core Requirements

  • LIN 221 - Introduction to Linguistics I: Theoretical Foundations and Analysis [3 hours]
  • LIN 222 - Introduction to Linguistics II: Language in Context [3 hours]
  • LIN 500 - Phonetics [3 hours]
  • LIN 505 - Linguistic Morphology [3 hours]
  • LIN 512 - Analysis of English Syntax [3 hours]
  • LIN 515 - Phonological Analysis [3 hours]
  • 15 additional hours of LIN courses of which six (6) or more must be at the 500 level and separate from the LIN courses above.

Other Course Work Required for the Major

  • Choose 15 hours of additional courses relevant to the major from the fields of Anthropology, Computer Science, Modern and Classical Languages, Hispanic Studies, Mathematics, Psychology, Philosophy or other courses approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies           [15 hours]

Total Hours - 48


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A&S Undecided/Exploratory Studies

Understanding that over 70 percent of university students will change their declared major at least once during their college careers, the College of Arts and Sciences has developed an Exploratory Studies program for students who have yet to decide the specific field of study that most closely aligns both their personal interests and their professional career goals and objectives. The Exploratory Studies Program provides students with an extraordinarily diverse educational environment that includes coursework spanning Math and Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences and provides students with the unique opportunity to explore multiple areas of interest during their first several semesters on campus. For more information please contact a recruiting representative at asrecruting@uky.edu. 


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