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BA in Linguistics

BA in Linguistics

Rice University

Rice University, Houston, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    94
  • Degree BA
  • Study Level Bachelors
Program Learning Outcomes for BA in Linguistics Students graduating from this program will: Demonstrate the ability to perform independent research about languages and their speakers, including the ability to ethically complete field work, collect data, analyze data, utilize laboratory and computing technologies, draw meaningful conclusions from data, and convey research results effectively orally and in writing. Identify and define the main approaches for researching language structure and use at all levels (sounds, words, grammar, meaning, social/cultural interaction), as well as be able to critically evaluate and apply the primary concepts, vocabularies, methods and theories in their own work. Gain an appreciation of the diversity of language and the ways in which it changes over time. They will be able to analyze the diversity of sounds and grammar in the world’s languages. They will also understand the diversity of regionally-, socially-, and ethnically-defined varieties within a single language. Students will be able to explain why this diversity is relevant to everyday life and how it is crucial to fields both inside and outside of linguistics. Understand language in its relation to cognition, identity formation, culture, and society, and the systematic relationships among them. Degree Requirements for BA in Linguistics For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. In addition, students must satisfy the distribution requirements and complete no fewer than 60 semester hours for a total of at least 120 semester hours. Because human language is a multifaceted object of study, linguistics is, by its nature, an interdisciplinary field. The undergraduate major provides both an in-depth grounding in the field as well as cross-disciplinary breadth. Students beginning a linguistics major should take LING 200, which is a prerequisite for many upper-level courses in the department. All majors are required to take at least nine courses (27 semester hours) in linguistics at the 300 level or above, including five core courses as specified below. CORE COURSES LING 300/ANTH 300 Linguistic Analysis LING 301/ANTH 301 Phonetics LING 304 Introduction to Syntax OR LING 311/ANTH 323 Phonology One class from the following: i. LING 305/ANTH 305 Historical Linguistics ii. LING 315/PSYC 315 Introduction to Semantics iii. LING 416 Language Universals and Typology LING 415/SWGS 415 Sociolinguistics OR LING 405 Discourse In addition, competency in one language other than English is required. This requirement may be satisfied by two courses in a foreign language at the 200 level or above or equivalent or at the 100 level or above for non-European languages. No more than one independent study course may be counted toward the major requirements. Options in the list of core courses that are not used as core courses can count as electives for the major. The linguistics major requires, in addition to five core courses and the language requirement, at least four advanced linguistics electives (300 level or above). Students interested in careers in medically-oriented fields or speech technology are encouraged to meet with the undergraduate advisor to discuss the course most appropriate to their future plans.