Linguistics - General Linguistics Option, B.A.
Department of Linguistics
Brian Agbayani, Chair
Peters Business Building, Room 383
Degrees and Programs Offered
BA in Linguistics - Teaching English as a Second Language Option, B.A.
BA in Linguistics - Computational Linguistics Option, B.A.
BA in Linguistics - General Linguistics Option, B.A.
BA in Linguistics - Interdisciplinary Language Studies Option, B.A.
BS in Cognitive Science, B.S.
CERT in TESOL, Certificate of Adv. Study
MA in Linguistics, M.A.
MA in Linguistics - Teaching English as a Second Language Option, M.A.
MN in Linguistics, Minor
MN in Computational Linguistics, Minor
MN in Chinese, Minor
MN in Hmong, Minor
MN in Teaching English As A Second Language, Minor
MN in Cognitive Science, Minor
MN in Japanese, Minor
Language is an essential part of our life. Nothing characterizes humanity more than the ability to use language. Linguists analyze sounds, words, sentences, and texts. Linguists also make valuable contributions to practical fields such as K-12 teaching, second and foreign language teaching, language planning, translation, computer science, forensic linguistics, and language disorders.
Computational applications of linguistics, such as speech synthesis, speech recognition, and machine-assisted translation, have also become increasingly important.
Our undergraduate and graduate programs develop intellectual skills that are essential to professional careers or advanced degrees. Our courses provide analytical tools that can be applied to virtually any subject. They also help enhance critical thinking, satisfy broad intellectual interest, and enrich personal knowledge.
Our majors can be applied directly to various professional fields. They also serve as excellent preparation for pursuing advanced degrees in linguistics and other fields such as English, anthropology, psychology, sociology, computer science, and foreign languages. TESL is an important part of our program and especially compatible with degrees in education and liberal studies. A Japanese minor can be profitably combined with majors in such areas as business, international relations, linguistics, and literature.
Minors in Chinese and Japanese are also available for students with plans to pursue careers in various areas, such as international business, marketing, economics, art and literature, etc., where a knowledge of language and culture would be useful.
The B.A. Option in Computational Linguistics is for those students interested in text processing, forensic linguistics, software design, machine translation, and other professions dealing with the interface between computers and humans.
The Department of Linguistics has a computer lab for computer-assisted language learning (CALL), for language study, for the analysis of speech sounds, and for displaying the operation of the organs of speech. Computers are used for simulating speech and for mapping the geographical extent of language features, as well as for storing the data needed for the making of grammars and dictionaries. The Linguistics Department provides practical classroom teaching experience for qualified TESL students through employment in the American English Institute. For more, see American English Institute in the Special Programs section of this catalog. Also associated with the Linguistics Department is the Forensic Linguistics Institute (FLI). The FLI provides analyses in linguistic stylistics to extramural clients, thereby giving Fresno State linguistics majors opportunities for work, study, and research.
Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
A B.A. with a major in linguistics requires 36-46 units completed in one of the options outlined below, 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.
The B.A. program in Linguistics is diversified but integrated. Four options are available: (1) Teaching English as a Second Language, (2) General Linguistics, (3) Computational Linguistics, and (4) Interdisciplinary Language Studies. In each option, students receive a basic grounding in the nature and structure of human language.
B. Options (18-28 units)
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.
- CR/NC grading is not permitted in the linguistics major.
- General Education and elective units can be used toward a double major or minor. (See double major or departmental minor.) Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator, or faculty advisor for further information.
- See advisor for list of approved electives.
- 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.
- Students must fulfill the 18 units by taking language courses in a minimum of two languages and not more than three languages. Students must maintain a B average in the languages taken. LING 151 is intended to be taken upon completion of Plan A or Plan B.
- Literature courses in the language may be used with permission of advisor. Except for LING 120, courses taught in English do not count toward the required courses for Plan A or Plan B.
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B.A. in Linguistics - General Linguistics Option
A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.
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Language is an essential part of our life. Nothing characterizes humanity more than the ability to use language. Linguists analyze sounds, words, sentences, and texts. Linguists also make valuable contributions to practical fields such as second and foreign language teaching, language planning, translation, computer science, forensic linguistics, and the study of language disorders.
Our majors can be applied directly to various professional fields. They also serve as excellent preparation for pursuing advanced degrees in linguistics and other fields such as English, anthropology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, cognitive science, computer science, and foreign languages. Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) is an important part of our program and especially compatible with degrees in education and liberal studies. A Japanese minor can be profitably combined with majors in such areas as business, international relations, linguistics, and literature.
What You Can Earn
$44,559 (in our region)
Source: HR Reported data from salary.com as of December 2012
Interesting Classes You Might Take
- Introduction to Language (Ling 10, GE Foundation A2)
- Language through the Lifespan (Ling 30, GE Breadth E1)
- Introduction to 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
- Linguistics 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
FAX: (559) 278-6758
Where We Are Located
We are located in the west wing of the Music Building in Room 186.
Department Contact Information
Department of Linguistics
Mail Stop: M/S PB92
The Department of Linguistics is located in Peters Business Building, room 383.