Bachelor of Arts in English, Language and Linguistics

"Dozens of technology start-ups are commercializing linguistics research, and competing to hire the relatively small pool of specialists on the topic, which isn't even taught at many U.S. universities. Suddenly, linguists have their pick of jobs as lexicographers, 'knowledge engineers,' and 'vocabulary-resource managers.'" - Wall Street Journal

The emphasis in English Language and Linguistics is an excellent complement to many other majors, including Anthropology, Speech Pathology, Education, Philosophy and World Languages. We offer courses in experimental phonetics, phonology, syntax, sociolinguistics and language and gender. Linguistics majors can also investigate the historical development of language through courses in historical linguistics, Old English, Middle English and Old Norse.

Minor Requirements (18 units)

  • English 412A: Linguistics (3)
  • Two of the following courses (6):
    • English 411B: Modern Grammar (3)
    • English 412D: Phonology (3)
    • English 415A: Old English (3)
  • One course each from groups of courses focusing on: linguistics, sociolinguistics and historical linguistics (9)

Major Requirements (36 units)

  • ENG 281 - Introduction to Language (3 units) OR ENG 282 - Introduction to Language and Literary Expression (3 units)
  • ENG 298 - Writing About Literature (3 units)
  • ENG 303 - Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism (3 units)
  • ENG 411B - Principles of Modern Grammar (3 units)
  • ENG 412A - Linguistics (3 units)
  • ENG 412D - Introduction to Phonology (3 units) CO9
  • ENG 413A - Sociolinguistics (3 units) CO10
  • ENG 414A - History of the English Language (3 units)
  • ENG 415A - Old English (3 units)
  • Electives (9 units) - Choose from other 400-level courses or an approved 300-level course. See course catalog for details.