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Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

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Linguistics Major

The B.A. program in Linguistics is diversified but integrated. Four options are currently available:

In each option, students receive a basic grounding in the nature and structure of human language by taking a common core of classes.

The linguistics bachelor of arts degree requires 36-54 units in the major, depending on the option.

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Core Requirements (required for all options)

LING 100 - General Linguistics

Linguistics methodology: phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantic analysis. Language history: variation and change.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring                     

LING 139 - General Phonetics

Prerequisite: LING 100 Introduction to the phonetic properties of human languages; descriptive analysis of the speech sounds in a wide variety of languages; articulatory and acoustic aspects of speech; practice in production, perception, and transcription of speech sounds. Introduction to experimental techniques. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring    

LING 142 - Phonology

Prerequisite: LING 139 The sound patterns of human language. Phonemic theory and analytical techniques. Distinctive feature theory and analysis. Major phonological processes and their description.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring                      

LING 143 - Syntax

Prerequisite: LING 100. Theory and practice in the description of grammatical systems. Comparison of approaches. Practical experience with data.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring                

LING 148 - Sociolinguistics

Prerequisite: Ling 100 Methods of investigation and major findings in the study of the relationship among languages of the world and social class, race, age, sex, and other social subcategories. Political and educational implications. Interaction between linguistic and social factors in linguistic variations.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

LING 165 - Language Acquisition

Prerequisite: LING 100. An examination of first and second language acquisition. Overview of current research in the field and implications for areas of applied linguistics, psychology, education, and sociology.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring                      

General Linguistics 

LING 144 - Discourse Analysis

Prerequisite: LING 100. Basic concepts in the study of discourse, including conversational structure; structure of narrative and expository texts; information flow; differences between spoken and written language and implications for the study of grammar and for language teaching.

Units: 3

LING 145 - Historical Linguistics

Prerequisite: LING 100. Explanation of similarities among languages; methods of reconstructing past languages and investigating relationship and grouping among languages. Comparison of approaches to language change.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring                       

LING 151 - Languages of the World

Prerequisite: LING 100. A survey of the linguistic features of the languages and language families of the world with an introduction to sound patterns, word structures, and sentence constructions.

Units: 3

LING 153 - Psycholinguistics

Prerequisite: LING 100 or equivalent or permission of instructor. An overview of basic theories and findings in the study of the psychological processes of language use, with a focus on the comprehension, production, acquisition, and representation of language.

Units: 3

LING 154 - Field Linguistics

Prerequisite: LING 100. First-hand practice in methods of linguistic data collection, analysis, and presentation.

Units: 3

CGSCI 100 - Foundations of Cognitive Science

An interdisciplinary area of study focusing on cognition: how we perceive the world, and how we can model the ways we think or perceive. Brings together the key fields of linguistics, psychology, philosophy and computer science.

Units: 4

 

Teaching English as a Second Language

LING 132 - Linguistics and Reading

Current theory, research, and methods of teaching first and second language reading in English with focus on the linguistic knowledge, language arts and ESL teachers needs. Prerequisites: LING 10 or LING 11 or LING 100 for Senior Liberal Studies students and Child Development Pre-Credential students. No course requisites for Senior Linguistics majors.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring                       

LING 141 - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Theories and methods of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring                       

LING 146 - Practical English Grammar for Language Teachers

English grammar from the perspective of the teacher. Format designed to be compatible with classroom needs of language arts and ESL teachers. By analyzing English structures, students gain confidence in their ability to teach English grammar to ethnically diverse students.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring                      

LING 155 - Computer Assisted Language Learning

Prerequisite: LING 100. Current theory, research, and practice in computer-assisted language learning. Some minimal experience in using computers is assumed. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall                      

LING 171 - Practicum in TESOL

Prerequisite: LING 141 or concurrently. Provides practice in teaching English as a Second Language listening, speaking, reading and writing; includes class visitations, demonstrations and lesson planning. Introduces students to cross-cultural communications issues.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring                       

Upper-Division LING elective* 

 *Except LING 110W, LING 111W, LING 115 OR LING 130

Computational Linguistics

CSCI 40 - Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving

Prerequisites: Math 75 (may be taken concurrently) OR Math 75A (may be taken concurrently) OR permission from instructor. Introduction to problem solving, algorithm development, procedural and data abstraction; program design, coding, debugging, testing and documentation; a high-level programming language. (3 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 4
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CSCI 41 - Introduction to Data Structures

Prerequisite: CSCI 40 or ECE 70. Programming methodology, program correctness. Review of data types. Data structures: linear and nonlinear structures, files. Implementation of data structures. Recursion. Searching and sorting. (3 lecture, 2 lab hours) 

Units: 4
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CSCI 60 - Foundations of Computer Science

Prerequisites: CSCI 40 (may be taken concurrently). Abstraction, iteration, induction, recursion, complexity of programs, data models, and logic. (3 lecture 2 lab hours)

Units: 4
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring 

CSCI 117 - Structures of Programming Languages

Prerequisites: CSCI 41, and CSCI 60. General concepts and paradigms of programming languages; scope and binding rules, applications and implementations of language concepts. Languages selected from: ADA, ICON, Miranda, ML, MODULA 2, OCCAM 2, PROLOG, LISP, Scheme, Smalltalk. (3 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 4
Typically Offered: Fall

CSCI 119 - Introduction to Finite Automata

Prerequisites: CSCI 41, CSCI 60. Strings, languages, and fundamental proof techniques. Regular expression, regular grammar, regular languages, finite automata, their interrelationship, and their properties. Introduction to context-free languages. (3 lecture 2 lab hours)

Units: 4
Typically Offered: Fall 

MATH 75 - Calculus I

Prerequisites: elementary geometry, intermediate algebra, and trigonometry; or precalculus. Passing score on the department's Calculus Readiness Test required prior to enrollment. In addition, students must meet the ELM requirement. Functions, graphs, limits, continuity, derivatives and applications, definite and indefinite integrals. G.E. Foundation B4. FS (CAN MATH 18).

Units: 4
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: B4 

Upper division elective

CGSCI 100

CSCI 115, CSCI 130, CSCI 164, CSCI 166, CSCI 186

LING 140T, LING 144, LING 145, LING 151, LING 153, LING 154 

Interdisciplinary Language Studies

LING 151 - Languages of the World

Prerequisite: LING 100. A survey of the linguistic features of the languages and language families of the world with an introduction to sound patterns, word structures, and sentence constructions.

Units: 3

Plan A - Depth plan in ONE language

Spanish, French, Japanese or German 

Plan B - Breadth plan in two or three languages

ASL, Armenian, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Sanskrit and/or Spanish

Bachelor of Science Degree in Cognitive Science

In addition to the four options listed above, the bachelor of science program in Cognitive Science is administered by the Linguistics Department. It is an interdisciplinary program with an independent director. The Cognitive Science program combines aspects of Computer Science, Psychology, Linguistics, and Philosophy.

Director: Sean Fulop, Professor of Linguistics

See the Cognitive Science program outline and requirements in the General Catalog.

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