Academic Programs

Upon electing the linguistics major, and certainly no later than the middle of the sophomore year, a student should see the Director of the Linguistics Committee for advising.

The director can help students find a suitable advisor to file the necessary forms. In consultation with an advisor, a student plans a coherent program of specific courses to meet the requirements below. The student and the advisor must then submit a copy of the program to the full Committee on Linguistics for approval. Students interested in the linguistics major should request from the committee director information concerning the many possible course programs. Many of them permit double majors, thus providing strong preparation for further study in two fields. Students may add variety and depth to their UCR linguistics major by attending a Summer Program in Linguistics (held in various places) or by participating in the Education Abroad Prog ram (EAP). This is an excellent opportunity to be come deeply familiar with another country
and its culture while earning academic units towards graduation. Stu dents should plan study abroad well in advance to en sure that the courses taken fit with their overall program at UCR. Con sult the departmental student affairs officer for assistance. For further details visit UCR’s International Education Center at or call (951) 827-4113.

Undergraduate Research and Special Studies

Every Linguistics major develops a comprehensive plan of studies with the assistance of a faculty advisor and the approval of the Linguistics Committee. The plan takes into account the student's individual interests and academic goals, allowing the student focus on special topics.

Linguistics majors have access to a vast variety of research facilities and resources, including language tapes and records, computer systems, and reference materials. Students also can add variety and depth to their studies by attending a Summer Program in Linguistics.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program offers lower-division courses taught by distinguished faculty and introduces undergraduates to the challenges and rewards of scholarship and research from the beginning of their undergraduate careers. In the upper division, the program invites outstanding students to design and produce honors theses and projects under individual faculty supervision, through the departmental Honors Program, highly qualified students are invited to conduct a research thesis of their own initiative and design in collaboration with a faculty member. Participation in the Honors Program is the capstone of an excellent education.

Academic Advising

The Director of the Linguistics Committee and the Student Affairs staff help each student select an advisor familiar with the student's individual areas of interest. The student then works with the advisor to plan a coherent program of courses.

Preparing for Transfer

Students planning to transfer to UCR as a Linguistics major should:

  1. meet the UC admission requirements for transfer;
  2. complete the coursework requirements;
  3. complete the breadth requirements for UCR's College of Humanities, Arts and Social sciences, preferably by following the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, IGETC.