General Linguistics

The Linguistics Department offers an undergraduate major in General Linguistics, requiring a minimum of 30 credits. Students are encouraged to combine the Linguistics major with a related field (possibly another major) and to focus their electives in areas closely aligned with the study of linguistics, including the various foreign languages, English, Anthropology, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Education, among others.

Requirements

TOTAL LINGUISTICS CREDITS

30 credits

REQUIRED COURSES (12 CREDITS)
  • Linguis 350 - Introduction to Linguistics, 3 credits
  • Linguis 450 - General Phonetics and Phonetics Practicum, 3 credits
  • Linguis 460 - Introduction to Phonology, 3 credits
  • Linguis 464 - Introduction to Syntax, 3 credits
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (9 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING)
  • Linguis 415 - First Language Acquisition, 3 credits
  • Linguis 420 - Introduction to Second Language Acquisition, 3 credits
  • Linguis 430 - Language and Society, 3 credits
  • Linguis 466 - Semantics, 3 credits
  • Linguis 468 - Language in Its Various Forms: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • Linguis 470 - Historical Linguistics, 3 credits
  • Linguis 474 - Language Typology and Universals, 3 credits
  • Linguis 560 - Advanced Phonology, 3 credits
  • Linguis 564 - Advanced Syntax, 3 credits
ELECTIVES (9 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING)

All linguistics courses not selected to meet a specific requirement in the option.

All language courses. (Does not include literature courses).

The following courses offered by other units:

  • Anthro 105 (360) - Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
  • Anthro 361 - Applications in Linguistic Anthropology
  • Anthro 362 - System Failure: Globalization and Language Extinction
  • Anthro 366 - Aspects of Linguistic Anthropology
  • Anthro 641 - Seminar in Anthropology (with linguistics subtitle)
  • Commun 320 - Nonverbal Communication
  • Commun 350 - Intercultural Communication
  • ComSDis 230 - Introduction to Phonetics
  • ComSDis 240 - Normal Speech and Language Development
  • CompSci 132 - Introduction to Computers and Programming
  • CompSci 423 - Introduction to Natural Language Processing
  • CompSci 431 (631) - Programming Languages Concepts
  • English 211 - Aspects of the English Language: (Subtitle)
  • English 400 - Introduction to English Linguistics (jointly offered with Linguistics)
  • English 402 - Theories of Language and Literature (with language focus)
  • English 403 - Survey of Modern English Grammar
  • French 392 - Phonetics
  • German 45l - Introduction to German Linguistics
  • German 671 - Seminar on Phonetics
  • Philos 211 - Elementary Logic
  • Philos 212 - Modern Deductive Logic
  • Philos 511 - Symbolic Logic
  • Philos 516 - Language and Meaning
  • Philos 517 - Special Problems in the Philosophy of Language and Linguistics: (Subtitle)
  • Spanish 341 - Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  • Spanish 443 (340) - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
  • Spanish 444 (344) - Spanish Syntax and Morphology
  • Spanish 446 - Hispanic Sociolinguistics
  • Spanish 541 (441) - History of the Spanish Language


RESEARCH REQUIREMENT (ONE OF THE FOLLOWING)
  • Linguis 420 - Introduction to Second Language Acquisition, 3 credits
  • Linguis 450 - General Phonetics and Phonetics Practicum, 3 credits
  • Linguis 460 - Introduction to Phonology, 3 credits
  • Linguis 464 - Introduction to Syntax, 3 credits
  • Linguis 470 - Historical Linguistics, 3 credits
  • Linguis 474 - Language Typology and Universals, 3 credits
  • Linguis 560 - Advanced Phonology, 3 credits
  • Linguis 564 - Advanced Syntax, 3 credits
GPA REQUIREMENTS

Students must attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.