Program of Study
For students pursuing a B.A. degree, the Linguistics department offers several options for majoring and minoring in Linguistics, as well as innovative general education courses. A Linguistics major can focus purely on linguistics theory, or combine Linguistics with another field or language. There are several interdisciplinary majors in which the study of Linguistics forms a significant part of the curriculum. It is also possible to major in linguistics alone or to minor in Linguistics. If you are interested in discussing majoring or minoring in Linguistics, or have questions about any undergraduate Linguistics courses, please make an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor, or stop by during office hours.
Certificate in American English Linguistics
The Linguistics Department recently received approval to offer a 15-credit Certificate in American English Linguistics to students who complete a program of courses focused on the structure, usage, and dialects of American English. This Certificate is open to anyone, regardless of whether they have been admitted to a degree program at UMass Amherst. The requirements can be completed entirely in the classroom or with a combination of online and classroom courses. For more information, click here.
Other Minors and Certificates
Choosing an interesting minor or acquiring a certificate of specialization helps with life after graduation. Here is the link for the minors and certificates that are offered at UMass.