These requirements are in effect as of 2015. When preparing for graduation, students should be aware that they must choose either the requirements listed in the General Announcements for the year in which they matriculated, or the requirements as listed in the General Announcements for the year in which they will graduate.


Because human language is a multifaceted object of study, Linguistics is, by its nature, an interdisciplinary field. The undergraduate major provides both an in-depth grounding in the field as well as cross-disciplinary breadth. Students beginning a Linguistics major should take LING 200, which is a prerequisite for many upper-level courses in the department. All majors are required to take at least 9 courses (27 semester hours) in Linguistics at the 300 level or above, including 5 core courses as specified below (or otherwise listed in a particular concentration).

Core Courses

  • LING 300 Linguistic Analysis
  • LING 301 Phonetics
  • LING 304 Introduction to Syntax or LING 311 Phonology
  • LING 305 Historical Linguistics, LING 315 Introduction to Semantics, or LING 416 Language Universals and Typology
  • LING 415 Sociolinguistics or LING 405 Discourse  

In addition, competency in 1 language other than English is required. This requirement may be satisfied by 2 courses in a foreign language at the 200 level or above or equivalent or at the 100 level or above for non-European languages. No more than one independent study course may be counted toward the major requirements.

Options in the list of core courses that are not used as core courses can count as electives for the major. The Linguistics major requires, in addition to 5 core courses and the language requirement, at least 4 advanced Linguistics electives (300 level or above).

Students interested in careers in medically oriented fields or speech technology are encouraged t met with the undergrad advisor to discuss the course most appropriate to their future plans.

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the GA and any other websites or publications, the GA shall prevail as the authoritative source.