Academic Program

Majors

The Department of Linguistics offers two major programs of study: Linguistics and Special Major Linguistics & Languages. Each may be taken as a course major or as an honors major.

Course Requirements for All Majors
Area of Study Courses
Sounds LING 045 (Phonology)
Forms LING 050 (Syntax)
Meanings Either:
  • LING 040 (Semantics), or
  • LING 026 (Language & Meaning)
Structure of a
Non-Indo-European Language

Any one of:

  • LING 061 (Structure of Navajo)
  • LING 062 (Structure of American Sign Language)
  • LING 064 (Structure of Tuvan)
  • LINGH215 (Structure of Zapotec) Haverford College
  • LINGH282 (Structure of Chinese) Haverford College
Thesis

Either:

  • LING 100 (for course majors), 1 credit or
  • LING 195 (for honors majors), 2 credits

In addition to the above, students majoring in Linguistics or in Special Major Linguistics & Languages must fulfill the following requirements:

Course Majors
Linguistics Special Major Linguistics & Language
A total of at least 8 credits in Linguistics A total of 6 credits in Linguistics
  • At least 3 credits in each of 2 languages, as follows:
    • For a modern language:
    • For a classical language:
      • Please contact the Classics Department to get the necessary courses to complete the language part of this special major.
Honors Major
Linguistics Special Major Linguistics & Language
A total of at least 8 credits in Linguistics A total of 6 credits in Linguistics
Separate oral honors exams on:
  • your thesis
  • linguistics research paper 1
  • linguistics research paper 2
  • (your minor subject)

At least 3 credits in each of 2 languages, as follows:

For a modern language:

For a classical language:

  • Please contact the Classics Department to get the necessary courses to complete the language part of this special major. 
2 linguistics research papers, written in LING 199 (see below) 2 linguistics research papers, written in LING 199 (see below) 
  1 honors examination administered by the relevant department (see below)

Honors Portfolio

Each linguistics research paper synthesizes concepts and material from a pair of courses taken in linguistics (e.g., Syntax & Semantics, or Phonology & Historical). The question each paper answers will be asked by your external examiner. These papers are written without faculty guidance or peer collaboration.

The research paper on a language is administered by the relevant language department.