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Linguistics (BS)

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Affiliation: School of Arts & Letters


Linguistics is the study of human language. Students in the BS Linguistics program analyze the structure of language, study the relationship between language and society, gain insights into language development and learning, explore language and the mind, and investigate language in the context of culture.

NOTE: No grade of “D” in major courses is accepted toward a Linguistics degree. An overall cumulative grade point average of 2.5 is required in the major.


Seniors who wish to graduate with Honors in Linguistics must meet the following requirements. Students complete a senior capstone research project in conjunction with the senior seminar course. The capstone project is judged according to eight criteria:

  • Command of linguistic terminology;
  • Knowledge of linguistic theory;
  • Knowledge of previous scholarly work;
  • Scientific treatment of data; 
  • Analysis of data;
  • Sensitivity to linguistic diversity;
  • Connection to other academic areas and real life endeavors; and
  • Command of academic discourse.

If the capstone project is deemed proficient in all outcomes and excellent in four or more, and if the student has at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA and a 3.70 GPA in the major at the time of graduation, s/he is awarded Departmental Honors in Linguistics. A student who has a 4.0 in the major can achieve Departmental Honors in Linguistics with three excellent and no inadequate scores.



Liberal Studies Program Requirements: 31-57 Credits

Missouri Statute Requirement: 1-3 Credits

Bachelor of Science Requirement: 6-8 Credits

1.) One additional Mathematics or Statistics course numbered above 190 or a Computer Science course;  2.) one additional science course not used to satisfy the Liberal Studies Program modes requirement OR one of the following:


The Linguistics major consists of two (2) parts: Required Support and Major Requirements. Each student must complete both parts.

Part I: Required Support: 0-6 Credits

Intermediate proficiency in ONE foreign language

Part II: Major Requirements: 30 Credits

Foreign Language

TWO semesters of foreign language(s) that are structurally dissimilar to English (including Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, American Sign Language, Russian, and Ancient Greek) (Note: these courses may be used towards language proficiency requirements or counted toward other majors or minors.) Credits: 6-8

Elective Courses:

Select from the following list, to total at least 30 credits in the major:

Electives to Total: 120 Credits

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