B.A. Program

The Joint Major in Linguistics and Psychology

The six required courses listed below plus six additional courses numbered 300 and above in Linguistics and Psychology. A senior thesis may contribute up to six credits toward the 36 credits required for this major.


Required Courses:
LINGUIST 201 Introduction to Linguistic Theory
LINGUIST 401 Introduction to Syntax
LINGUIST 402 Speech Sounds and Structure
PSYCH 100 Elementary Psychology
PSYCH 240 Statistics in Psychology
PSYCH 241 Methods of Inquiry in Psychology

One of the following:
LINGUIST 409 Formal Foundations of Linguistic Theory
LINGUIST 411 Introduction to Language Acquisition
LINGUIST 510 Introduction to Semantics


Two of the following:
PSYCH 315 Cognitive Psychology
PSYCH 330 Physiological Psychology
PSYCH 350 Child Behavior and Development

One of the following:
LINGUIST 412 Language Processing and the Brain
PSYCH 318 Psychology of Language


Two electives 300 or above, or a senior thesis


Linguistics and Psychology majors are in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and must satisfy the CHFA language requirement.


Junior Year Writing requirement:
All majors must complete the Junior Year Writing requirement in either department. The departmental website lists courses that satisfy the requirement. The course need not be taken in the junior year.


Common requirements for all majors:
A grade of C or better must be earned in any course used to satisfy major requirements.


College of Humanities and Fine Arts requirement:

  • Foreign Language: All students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level.


See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about College requirements.


University Graduation requirements:

See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about University graduation requirements, including General Education requirements.