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Linguistics: General Linguistics Emphasis

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Linguistics: General Linguistics Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts

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Linguistics is the study of human language, encompassing particular languages and properties common to all languages. Areas of interest include: phonetics and phonology, the study of the sounds and sound patternings in human languages; morphology, the study of the structure and formation of words; syntax, the study of the structure and patterning of words and phrases in sentences; semantics, the study of the nature of meaning; neurolinguistics, the study of how language is stored and processed in the brain; psycholinguistics, the study of how language is processed and acquired by young children; pragmatics, the principles which characterize language use in communication; sociolinguistics, the study of language in society; and computational linguistics, the computational modeling of linguistic knowledge, structure, and processing. Students majoring in second languages, English, education, pre-law, pre-medicine, and other social sciences also find linguistics course work valuable.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
First Semester Composition 3
Foundation Mathematics 3
Tier I General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
Second Semester Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
3rd Semester
LING 201: Introduction to Linguistics 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
4th Semester
LING 300: Introduction to Syntax 3
LING Additional Core 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
5th Semester
LING 314: Phonetics 3
LING 315: Introduction to Phonology 3
LING Additional Core 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
LING 364: Formal Semantics 3
LING Upper Division Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
LING Independent Study or Honors Thesis 3
LING Upper Division Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
LING Independent Study or Honors Thesis 3
LING Upper Division Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

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Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained from a major in Linguistics of the structure, use, theory, and psychology of language in combination with substantial second language study provides a strong career foundation in a dynamic and broadly applicable field. Graduates in Linguistics may work as language researchers and preservationists or as educators or translators in the U.S. or abroad. They may also research or edit content for fields ranging from education to advertising, or might combine linguistics with courses in computer science to work as programmers or software developers. A Linguistics major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in linguistics, education, or computer science. Some of the job titles listed below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Research
  • Search engine and computer programming
  • Software development
  • Teaching
  • Language preservation
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Editing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Foreign service
  • Forensics

Sample Employers

  • Software companies
  • Research laboratories
  • Marketing and advertising firms
  • U.S. Military
  • Government agencies
  • Textbook publishers
  • Reference resource developers
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • International education agencies
  • Cultural/historical societies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
English as a Second (or Foreign) Language Teacher $33,000 - $57,000
Linguist $35,610 - $75,000
Lexicographer $28,020 - $53,070
Translator $22,900 - $43,300
Linguistics Instructor, Postsecondary $32,900 - $60,400
Computational Linguist $80,000 - $130,000
Artificial Intelligence Scientist $54,000 - $145,000
Computer and Information Researcher $57,600 - $100,700
Foreign Service Officer $148,000 - $193,500
Foreign Language Teacher, Secondary $40,500 - $54,000
Textbook Editor $26,000 - $82,000
Forensic Linguist $38,000 - $83,000
Real-Time Captioner $25,360 - $49,710
Cultural Preservationist $25,670 - $54,530
Cultural Adviser $117,787 - $162,900