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Undergraduate Program


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 linguistic 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 one of the Undergraduate Advisors, or stop by during office hours.

Certificate in American English Linguistics

The Linguistics Department offers 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. Some choices of minors that might be interesting in combination with linguistics:

Certificates and Letters 

African Studies (Five College), Asian and Asian American Studies, Criminal Justice, International Relations, Interpreter's Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies (Five College), Native American Indian Studies, Public Policy and Administration, Social Research and Analysis.

Afro-American Studies, Anthropology, Arabic Language, Chinese, Computer Science, English, Food Science, French and Francophone Studies, German, Greek, Hebrew, Information Technology, Italian Studies, Japanese, Judaic Studies, Latin, Latin American Studies, Mathematics, Middle Eastern Studies, Modern European Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Portuguese, Psychology, Russian and East European Studies, Science, Sociology, Spanish.

Letters of Specialization 
Criminal Justice (Sociology), Developmental Disabilities and Human Services (Psychology), Marketing Information Technology (Marketing), Social Research and Analysis (Sociology).

Other Non-major Programs 
Several departments regularly offer courses at the elementary and intermediate levels in other languages (Danish, Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Yiddish).