Linguistics, B.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 33

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B655

Major Requirements

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or Dodge College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.
Linguistics
LING/ANTH 2303General Linguistics3
LING 3033Phonetic Description3
LING 3053Phonology3
LING 3353Syntax3
LING 4983Senior Essay (Capstone)3
Comparative
Choose one of the following:3
Sociolinguistics
Typology
Techniques of Historical Linguistics
Theory
Choose two courses from "Comparative" above or from the following:6
Linguistic Semantics
Phonetic Field Methods
Morphology
Linguistic Field Methods
Electives
Choose three courses from "Comparative" or "Theory" above, or the Linguistics Major Electives course list9
Total Credit Hours33

Major Support Requirements

Language Study Experience

The student will demonstrate significant experience in language study, according to the following criteria:

  1. For students who are native English speakers, the language support requirement may be met by either:
    • A major or minor in a world language;
      or
    • Two years of college instruction in one world language, plus one year of college instruction in a second world language.
      or
    • Two years of college instruction in one world language plus C S 1303 and C S 1323
  2. II. For students who are native speakers of a language other than English and for whom English is not their native language, the requirement will be met by:
    • Proficiency in the native language as demonstrated by testing out at the third year level (equivalent to the minor), with guidance by the departmental advisor,
      or
    • Satisfaction of the College of Arts and Sciences language requirement in a language other than the native language.

NOTE

  • One year of language study includes two semesters of introductory courses.
  • Two years includes two semesters of introductory courses plus two semesters of intermediate study.

Linguistics Major Elective Course List

ANTH 3063Language and Culture3
ANTH 4063Language Contact, Loss, and Revitalization3
ENGL 4133History Of the English Language3
LING 3173Lesser Studied Languages3
LING 4023Second Language Acquisition Theory3
LING 4330Topics in Linguistics1-4
MLLL 4453Introduction to Chinese Language and Linguistics3
PHIL 4133Symbolic Logic I3
PHIL 4533Philosophy of Language3
PHIL 4543Philosophy of Mind3
PHIL 5143Symbolic Logic II3

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and Dodge College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/coursesCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with Dodge College of Arts and Sciences and/or Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy University, College of Arts and Sciences, and Linguistics major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
Math (Core I) 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
Social Science (Core III) 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours17
Sophomore
First Semester
LING 2303 General Linguistics 3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
Intermediate Language 3
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
Western Culture (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
LING 3033 Phonetic Description 3
Intermediate Language continued 3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior
First Semester
LING 3053 Phonology 3
LING 3353 Syntax 3
Major Required Elective 3
Second Language 1 5
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
Major Required Elective 3
Major Required Elective 3
Second Language 1 5
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
 Credit Hours14
Senior
First Semester
Major Required Elective 3
Major Required Elective 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
LING 4983 Senior Essay 3
Major Required Elective 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours120