Language Studies Minor

Course Requirements

Lower-Division Courses

The minor requires completion of six quarters of language study, or demonstration of an equivalent level of ability, and the following:

LING 50Introduction to Linguistics


Upper-Division Courses

The minor requires 25 upper-division credits. These requirements are comprised of two required linguistics courses, one advanced language course, and two electives, as follows:

Two linguistics courses:

LING 100Sounds of the World's Languages: Phonetics I


Plus one of the following courses:

LING 111Syntactic Structures


LING 112Syntax I


One advanced language course after level 6 (5 credits).

Two upper-division electives in linguistics or in the cultural context of the language of concentration.

Linguistics elective courses include any upper-division course offered by the Linguistics Department (except LING 100, LING 111, and LING 112). Cultural context courses are to be selected from among those approved by the department, and include disciplines such as literature, history, and politics. These cultural context courses are related to the language of concentration.

A master list of approved cultural context courses and a list of those available within the current or upcoming quarter are available via these links, as well as links on the Linguistics Department’s Language Studies Major Requirements webpage. Further upper-division courses conducted in the language of concentration may also be used as electives. The two electives may comprise any combination of advanced language, linguistics and cultural context courses.

Course Substitution Policy

Students may petition the department to have elective courses offered through other institutions or other UC programs applied toward the minor requirements. At most two such courses can be applied toward the minor. These courses must be upper-division and clearly fit into a coherent program of study. Because language studies minors routinely take classes from other UCSC departments to fulfill their cultural context requirements, these are not considered course substitutions. However, students may substitute an outside class for an upper-division linguistics elective. A list of approved outside courses being offered in the current or upcoming term may be found on the department website. The complete list of approved outside courses appears in the Course Substitution Policy section of the Language Studies B.A. statement.