Linguistics - General Linguistics Option, B.A.



Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Linguistics Major - General Linguistics Option

A B.A. with a major in linguistics requires 36-46 units completed, depending on which option, the General Education requirement, specific course/skill requirements, and electives and remaining degree requirements totaling at least the 120 units required for a B.A.

In each option, students receive a basic grounding in the nature and structure of human language. The General Linguistics option provides a range of courses to prepare students for graduate study, fieldwork, and employment where linguistic skills are essential.

1. Major requirements (37 units)
Core Requirements (24 units)
LING 100, 139, 142, 143, 148, 151, 156, 165

General Linguistics Option (13 units)
LING 145, 153, 154; CGSCI 100

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
(See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor

5. Total units (120)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the linguistics major.
  2. See advisor for list of approved electives.
  3. Students who have studied a language in high school or community college, or who by culture and experience have a certain level of proficiency, must consult with an advisor in the language to determine their placement in lower- or upper-division coursework.


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B.A. in Linguistics - General Linguistics Option

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Career Opportunities for Linguistics

Many of our B.A. students want to pursue careers in education. There are several ways to do this. Students interested in teaching grades 7-12 can enroll in the English Department Credential Program with a linguistics emphasis. Students can double major in linguistics and liberal studies, or minor in linguistics with a liberal studies major to lead to a Multiple Subject Credential for K-6 instruction. Students who pursue a major in linguistics by itself may enter the Multiple Subject Credential Program with satisfactory completion of the CSET Exam. Many linguistics graduates find jobs teaching English overseas.

Besides education, a B.A. in Linguistics can also prepare students for a career in translation, interpreting, publishing, editing and grammar checking, lexicography, indigenous language documentation and preservation, or software development.

Students with a B.A. or M.A. in Linguistics can go on for further education to pursue careers in a wide variety of fields. In law or criminology, they have a special understanding of legal issues involving language or the use of language evidence in litigation (forensic linguistics). In health care, students with a linguistics degree can take advanced training and pursue careers in speech pathology and related areas. With additional work in computer science, the linguistics student can find employment in software development or in the development of human and computer interfaces. After further training, some linguistics students work for the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the Peace Corps, the United States Information Agency, the military, or the State Department monitoring foreign news or doing cryptography, language instruction, or translation. Many corporations recruit linguistics majors into management, development, and marketing positions. Enterprising linguistics students have developed service-related businesses in consulting, interpretation, translation, or communication.

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Introduction to Language (LING 10, GE Foundation A2)
  • Language through the Lifespan (LING 30, GE Breadth E1)
  • General Linguistics (LING 100)
  • Language, Culture and Society (LING 115, GE Integration IC)
  • Japanese Language and Culture (LING 120)
  • Language and Gender (LING 130, GE)
  • Practical English Grammar for Language Teachers (LING 146)
  • Arabic 1A-B (GE Breadth C2)
  • Chinese 1A-B (GE Breadth C2)
  • Hmong 1A-B (GE Breadth C2)
  • Japanese 1A-B (GE Breadth C2)
  • Persian 1A-B (GE Breadth C2)

What You Can Learn

  • Linguistic methodology: phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics
  • The relationship among languages of the world and social class, race, age, sex, and other social subcategories

About the College

The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

College Contact Information

College of Arts & Humanities
Office of the Dean
2380 E. Keats MS/MB99
Fresno CA 93740-8024

(559) 278-3056
FAX: (559) 278-6758

Where We Are Located

The college is located in the west wing of the Music Building in Room 186.

Department Contact Information

Department of Linguistics

Mail Stop: M/S PB92

Phone: 559.278.2441 
Fax: 559.278.7299

The Department of Linguistics is located in Peters Business Building, Room 383.