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Office of the University Registrar

2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog


College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: Yes
Combined-Degree Program: Yes

Linguistics involves the study of language in many domains and from multiple perspectives. The core courses analyze speech 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 a second language are important topics. Linguists also study language in relation to gender, the brain and computers, 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 all people communicate more effectively - patients and doctors, spouses and partners, students and teachers. Linguists also teach non-native speakers to speak, read, write and comprehend English and other languages.

Courses must be completed at UF or at another accredited university.

Students must earn a grade of C or higher within two attempts and maintain an average GPA of 2.75 in a minimum of 33 semester hours, distributed as follows:
  • Three required core courses (9 credits)
  • Five 3000-/4000-level linguistics classes (15 credits)
  • Linguistic courses offered by the program or by an outside department (9 credits)
  • Students may take six credits from a list of linguistically-oriented courses or two semesters of a non-Romance or non-Germanic language. Consult the undergraduate coordinator or program director for emphasis areas and electives.

Required Core Courses (9 credits)

LIN 3010 Introduction to Linguistics
LIN 3201 The Sounds of Human Language (prereq: LIN 3010)
LIN 3460 The Structure of Human Language (prereq: LIN 3010)

Choose five or more (15-24 credits)

LIN 4033 Roots of English (prereq: LIN 3010)
LIN 4205 Phonetics (prereqs: LIN 3010, 3201)
LIN 4320 Phonology (prereqs: LIN 3010, 3201)
LIN 4400 Morphology (prereqs: LIN 3010, 3460)
LIN 4500 Syntax (prereqs: LIN 3010, 3460)
LIN 4600 Sociolinguistics (prereq: LIN 3010)
LIN 4656 Gender and Language (prereq: LIN 3010)
LIN 4701 Psycholinguistics (prereqs, LIN 2000, LIN 3010)
LIN 4702 Methods in Psycholinguistics (prereqs: LIN 4701, STA 2023 or equivalent)
LIN 4721 Second Language Acquisition (prereq: LIN 3010)
LIN 4784 Writing Systems
LIN 4790 Brain and Language (prereq: LIN 3010)
LIN 4803 Semantics (prereq: LIN 3010)
LIN 4930 Special Topics in Linguistics (prereq: LIN 3010)
LIN 3611 Languages and Dialects (prereq: LIN 3010)
LIN 3680 Modern English Structure (English Department)
LIN 4605 World Englishes (English Department)
LIN 4850 Formal Semantics
LIN 4905 Individual Studies
LIN 4970 Senior Thesis
TSL 3370 Introduction to TESL

Electives - Linguistics Courses Offered by the Program or Other Departments (0-9 credits)

ARA 3840 History of the Arabic Language (AALL)
ARA 4820 Structure of an Arabic Dialect (AALL)
CHI 4850 Structure of Chinese (AALL)
ENG 4060 History of the English Language (English)
FRE 4780 Introduction to French Phonetics and Phonology (RLL)
FRE 4850 Introduction to the Structure of French (RLL)
GER 4450 German Phonetics and Pronunciation (GSS)
GER 4840 History of the German Language (GSS)
GER 4850 The Structure and Stylistics of German (GSS)
GEW 4930 Seminar in Germanic Languages and Literatures (GSS, with LIN approval)
HEB 3130 Biblical Hebrew (AALL)
JPN 3730 Language in Japanese Society (AALL)
JPN 4850 Structure of Japanese (AALL)
POR 4770 Portuguese Phonetics and Phonology (RLL)
POR 4840 History of the Portuguese Language (RLL)
RUS 4700 Structure of Russian (GSS)
RUS 4840 History of the Russian Language (GSS)
SPN 4780 Spanish Phonetics (RLL)
SPN 4822 Introduction to Sociolinguistics of Spain and Spanish America (RLL)
SPN 4830 Introduction to Spanish and Spanish-American Dialectology (RLL)
SPN 4840 Introduction to the History of the Spanish Language (RLL)
SPN 4850 Structure of Spanish (RLL)
SPN 4930 Revolving topics in linguistics and culture (RLL, with LIN approval)
SSA 3730 Language in African Society (AALL)
SSA 4750 Structure of an African Language (AALL)

Electives - Linguistics-related Courses or Foreign Language (0-6 credits)

ANT 3620 Language and Culture (ANT)
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 (PHY)
SPA 3002 Survey of Communication Disorders (CSD)
SPA 3011 Speech Acoustics (CSD)
SPA 3032 Fundamentals of Hearing (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 (W and O)
SPC 4425 Small Group Communication (W and O)
SPC 4710 Patterns of Intercultural Communication (W and O)
Foreign Language
Two semesters of a non-Romance and non-Germanic language.
Some courses include: Akan, American Sign Language (ASL 1110-1120), Arabic, Czech, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Vietnamese, Yoruba, etc.

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

Critical Tracking and Recommended Semester Plan

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5

Semester 2:

  • Maintain 2.0 UF GPA

Semester 3:

  • Complete 1 course in a foreign language sequence or a linguistics course with a 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework

Semester 4:

  • Complete 1 additional course in a foreign language or a linguistics course with a 2.75 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework

Semester 5:

  • Complete LIN 3010 and the beginning sequence of a foreign language (if 4-3-3 option) with a 2.75 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework

Recommended semester plan

Semester 1Credits
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Foreign language (non-Romance or non-Germanic recommended)4-5
Logic or Mathematics (GE-M) *3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Total 13-14
Semester 2Credits
Foreign language (non-Romance or non-Germanic recommended)3-5
Biological Science (GE-B)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Total 16-15
Semester 3Credits
Logic or Mathematics (GE-M) *3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Physical Science (GE-P)3
Science laboratory (GE-P or GE-B)1
Electives (or non-Romance or non-Germanic foreign language if 4-3-3 option)6
Total 16
Semester 4Credits
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Biological Science (GE-B)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Electives (LIN 3010, if possible)6
Total 15
* A logic course is recommended: PHI 2100 Logic or PHI 3130 Symbolic Logic. Please note, however, that three of the six credits required in mathematics must be taken from courses in the Department of Mathematics.
Semester 5Credits
LIN 3010 Introduction to Linguistics (GE-H)3
One linguistics or linguistic-related course (3000 level)3
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
LIN 3201 Sounds of Human Language3
LIN 3460 Structure of Human Language or
a linguistics or linguistics-related course (3000 level or above)
Humanities (GE-H)3
Physical Science (GE-P)3
Total 15
Semester 7Credits
One linguistics course (3000 level or above)3
Two linguistics courses (4000 level)6
Total 15
Semester 8Credits
Three linguistics courses (4000 level)9
Total 15