Major in Linguistics
Required Gateway and Capstone Courses
- 1-unit Gateway course, 196, to be taken in junior year.
- 2-3 unit Capstone course, 197A, to be taken in winter of senior year.
Complete at least three of the following (select at least one course each from the following three areas):
- Phonetics and Phonology: 105/205A, 110
- Morphology and Syntax: 116A, 121A, 121B
- Semantics and Pragmatics: 130A/230A, 130B
Students must take at least one course each from two of the following four areas:
- Historical Linguistics and Language Change: 160, 260A, 260B
- Sociolinguistics: 150, 156, 157/257, 250
- Psycholinguistics: 35, 140, 145
- Computational Linguistics: 180/280, 188/288, 278, 284
- At least two 200-level Linguistics courses, taken for 3-4 units each.
- If the courses are cross-listed at the 100 and 200 levels, please enroll at the 200 level, if you wish the course to count for this requirement.
Other Course Requirements
(Please note: Unit requirement has changed as of Autumn Quarter 2022-23. If you declared before Autumn Quarter 2022-23, you may follow the old requirements.)
- A minimum of 60 units of course work; at least 28 of these units must be in Linguistics.
- Remaining units may be in Linguistics or in related fields, with approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
- Of the 60 units required for the major, no more than 12 may be below the 100-level and a maximum of 3 courses, totaling no more than 8 units, may be taken on a credit/no credit basis(CR/NC).
- All required courses must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better, and no more than 8 units towards the 60 units of course work may be taken on a credit/no credit basis (CR/NC).
- Of the courses that fulfill the 60 units, one should be Linguistics 196, taken in junior year.
- Courses that fulfill the Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement: Linguist 121A, 121B, 130A.
- Note, any course taken between Spring 2020 and Summer 2021 in which the student received a final grade of "S" or "CR" counts toward undergraduate degree requirements that otherwise require a letter grade.
- Majors must have competence in at least one language other than English.
- Fulfilled by completion of six quarters of study of a language or the equivalent, at Stanford or at a community college, or by certification of proficiency through the Language Center (see University requirements).
- Majors may petition to be exempted from the language requirement if they have grown up speaking a language other than English, can use it for everyday purposes, and for linguistic analysis. Please submit a personal statement and any relevant supporting documentation to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
- Language course units do not count towards the major.
Course Planning Guide
The Course Planning Guide will help you plan the requirements for the Linguistics major. It should be completed by your first meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and updated annually.
Additionally, please review Sample Program Scenarios for some ideas on how you may structure your course plan.
The Coterminal Degree Program allows students receive their B.A. and M.A. degrees in Linguistics simultaneously.