Requirements for a Linguistics Major

Introductory (3 units):

  • 250 Sound Patterns in Human Language
  • 260 Formal Analysis of Words and Sentences
  • 270 Meaning

9 courses at the 300-level or beyond. These 9 courses must include 3 of the following: 

  • 350 Fundamentals of Laboratory Phonology
  • 360 Fundamentals of Syntax
  • 370 Fundamentals of Meaning
  • 33x any 1 methods course

Only 1 of the 9 advanced courses may be 398/399, and certain exceptions may be granted (e.g. CogSci 210) in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. 

4 related courses. Decisions as to which courses count towards this requirement are generally made on a case-by-case basis. The list of courses related to linguistics on this site offers some guidance, but students must discuss their options in the context of their individual course of study with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.


The Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for the Department of Linguistics is available to talk with students who are majoring or minoring in linguistics, as well as those just thinking about it. Students can discuss with the Director of Undergraduate Studies:

  • requirements for the linguistics major and/or minor
  • course selections
  • career choices
  • planning your undergraduate career in linguistics
  • research in the department
  • graduate school options 

Graduation Petition

The Director of Undergraduate Studies can review and sign your graduation petition, which you should complete one year prior to your expected graduation.

Study abroad applications

If you plan to study abroad and need a department signature on your Study Abroad application, you should set up a meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  For more information contact the Study Abroad Office.

Requirement Substitutions:  The Director of Undergraduate Studies is the only faculty member who can:

  • approve the counting of courses taken abroad toward department requirements
  • approve the counting of credits from other US and Canadian schools
  • approve other non-standard ways of completing our requirements

Make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

If you have any questions, contact the Department of Linguistics at (847) 467-3384. Or feel free to stop by the main office of the Linguistics Department at 2016 Sheridan Road.