The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Majors and Requirements

The Linguistics Major and Joint Majors

The Department of Linguistics offers a linguistics major, a minor, and eight interdisciplinary majors in which the study of linguistics forms a significant part of the curriculum. These are a combination of Linguistics and AnthropologyChineseGermanJapanesePhilosophyPortuguesePsychology, or Spanish.

The Linguistics & Japanese joint major includes some required courses that are unavailable on the UMass campus at present. Please see the Linguistics and Japanese requirements for details. Be sure to contact your Undergraduate Advisor before considering this joint majors to determine current availability of course offerings.

Junior Year Writing Requirement

The Junior Year Writing (JYW) requirement is met by taking LINGUIST 305 (which is currently offered in the Fall semester) or LINGUIST 350.  The Junior Year Writing requirement does not need to be satisfied in your junior year.