Program Information and Forms

What is Linguistics?

Linguistics is the scientific study of language in all its aspects.  We look at how all languages are alike, how they differ, and how they change over time.  Core objects of inquiry include the properties of speech sounds (phonetics); how sounds pattern (phonology), word formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax),  meaning (semantics), and how language functions in society (sociolinguistics). Subfields and applications include language documentation, educational linguistics, philosophy of languagehistorical linguistics, computational linguistics, anthropological linguistics, cognitive linguistics, neurolinguistics, discourse analysisfirst and second language acquisition, and more. (UCA offers courses in those subfields listed in bold.)


Keep on track for graduation by planning your courses using the Linguistics Major or Minor check sheet.

NEW Linguistics Major Checksheet 2016

NEW Linguistics Minor Checksheet S16

Linguistics Major Checksheet 2015

Linguistics Minor Checksheet 2015

OLDEST Linguistics Major Checksheet 2010-2014

OLDEST Linguistics Minor Checksheet 2004-2014


When students declare Linguistics as their major, they must sign a contract.  The contract assures that students are aware of the graduation requirement to complete a Linguistics Portfolio, which we use for assessment of our program.  The contract also requires students to choose which of the four tracks they will complete.

Student Contract for Linguistics Majors


All linguistics majors turn in a portfolio that demonstrates their growth and proficiency in the core areas of linguistics and the student’s chosen track area.  The portfolio must be received by the major advisor the week before graduation (exam week of the student’s final semester).  The portfolio will be assessed by the rubric below by professors in linguistics and affiliated faculty as required.

Portfolio Requirements for Students

Linguistics Portfolio Rubric