LING: B.A. in Linguistics - Grammars & Cognition Option

Linguistics is the scientific study of how human language works and what this tells us about the human mind. Linguistics majors at Maryland examine questions in many different areas: the sound systems of the world's languages (phonology), the structure of sentences (syntax), the study of meaning (semantics), how children learn language (language acquisition), how the human brain manages to accomplish all this (psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics), how languages change over time (historical linguistics), and the use of computers to model language processes and to build better language technology (computational linguistics). All students in Linguistics get their foundations in Linguistics "core" courses, and choose between two options for the rest of the major. The Languages option focuses on the student mastering a foreign language of his or her choice. The Grammars and Cognition option focuses more deeply on the science of language, with coursework in cognitive psychology, philosophy, and other disciplines. Because the study of language is highly cross-disciplinary, many students find a double major to be an attractive alternative to these two tracks. In addition to coursework, the Linguistics department welcomes undergraduate participation in faculty research. For example, undergraduates have been involved in language technology development in the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing lab, as well as experimental projects in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language and Language Acquisition laboratories.

To earn a B.A. in Linguistics, students are required to complete all CORE, College of Arts and Humanities, and Department of Linguistics requirements. The College of Arts and Humanities has a dual advising system which means that you need to meet regularly with an advisor in the Office of Student Affairs (ARHU advisor) regarding your CORE and ARHU College requirements and with your departmental advisor for your major requirements. For more information about individual courses listed in the plan, you can consult the Course Catalog.

Please note: These sample templates presume that a student is full time and entered the major during the freshman year. All part-time students and students who have changed their major into the college, should consult with their advisors to determine how to develop an individualized plan.

For college advising, please contact: Office of Student Affairs
1120 Francis Scott Key Hall
301-405-2108

For departmental advising, please contact: Department of Linguistics
Advisor: Tonia Bleam - tbleam@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-4930
Office: 1401 Marie Mount Hall Advising by appointment

Download an editable (RTF) or plain text version of this plan.

You should also download and print the ARHU Advising Worksheet (MS Word format) before meeting with your advisor.

Year 1

Semester 1

CORE/ARHU Requirements and Electives
Major Requirements
  • MATH110/11/113/115/140/220/STAT100
  • ENGL101 (A/H/U/S or X)
  • UNIV100 or 101
  • Language Requirement (#1)
  • LING 240 (also CORE HO)

Semester 2

CORE/ARHU Requirements and Electives
Major Requirements
  • CORE (e.g. HL or HA)
  • CORE (e.g. SB)
  • Language Requirement (#2)
  • PHIL 170 or 271 (CORE MS)
  • PSYC 100 (also CORE SB)
First year benchmark (or 30 credits):
  • CORE: Fundamental English and Math requirements
  • MAJOR: LING240

Year 2

Semester 3

CORE/ARHU Requirements and Electives
Major Requirements
  • CORE (e.g. SH)
  • CORE (e.g. Non Lab-LS/PS)
  • CORE (e.g. HL or HA)
  • Language Requirement (#3)
  • LING 311

Semester 4

CORE/ARHU Requirements and Electives
Major Requirements
  • CORE (e.g. Lab-LL or PL)
  • Elective (1xx-4xx)
  • CORE (e.g. Diversity)
  • One of LING 312, 322, 330, 410, 420, or HESP 403
  • PHIL 360
Second year benchmark (or 60 credits):
  • CORE: 7of 9 Distributive Studies courses;
  • ARHU: At least 50% of the foreign language sequence completed.
  • MAJOR: LING311

Year 3

Semester 5

CORE/ARHU Requirements and Electives
Major Requirements
  • CORE Advanced Studies (#1)
  • Prof. Writing (ENGL 391/392/393/394/395)
  • Elective (3xx-4xx)
  • Elective (1xx-4xx)
  • LING 321

Semester 6

CORE/ARHU Requirements and Electives
Major Requirements
  • CORE Advanced Studies (#2)
  • Elective (3xx-4xx)
  • One of LING 312, 322, 330, 410, 420, or HESP 403
  • LING 3xx-4xx
  • PSY 341
Third year benchmark (or 90 credits):
  • CORE: Distributive Studies Completed.
  • ARHU: Intermediate level language requirement, 24 of the required 45 upper level credits (~50%). (Upper level courses needed to fulfill major requirements as well as upper level CORE requirements are included in the 45 upper level requirement).
  • MAJOR: Two of LING 312, 322, 330, 410, 420, or HESP 403

Year 4

Semester 7

CORE/ARHU Requirements and Electives
Major Requirements
  • Elective (3xx-4xx)
  • Elective (1xx-4xx)
  • Elective (1xx-4xx)
  • LING/PSY/HESP/PHIL/CMSC 1xx-4xx
  • LING 3xx-4xx

Semester 8

CORE/ARHU Requirements and Electives
Major Requirements
  • Elective (1xx-4xx)
  • Elective (3xx-4xx)
  • Elective (1xx-4xx)
  • LING/PSY/HESP/PHIL/CMSC 1xx-4xx