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Majors and Requirements

The Linguistics Major and Joint Majors

The Department of Linguistics offers a linguistics major, a minor, and several interdisciplinary majors in which the study of linguistics forms a significant part of the curriculum. These are a combination of Linguistics and Computer Science (not yet approved, but we hope it will be approved in time to be available officially for current students in Fall 2024), German,  JapanesePhilosophyPortuguesePsychology, 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 every semester) or LINGUIST 350 (sporadically offered).  The Junior Year Writing requirement does not need to be satisfied in your junior year. 

Integrative Experience Requirement

See major requirements for the individual majors for courses that satisfy the Integrative Experience (IE) requirement. 

Integrative Experience courses offered in Linguistics include:

  • LING 389 (Intro to African American English, offered semi-regularly)
  • LING 394BIE (Language and Cognition, currently offered every Spring semester)
  • LING 404 (Field Methods, offered semi-regularly)
  • LING 412 (Language Processing and the Brain, currently offered every Fall semester)