UNM Department of Linguistics
The Department of Linguistics offers an undergraduate major and minor in Linguistics; the Signed Language Interpreting program; the B.A. with a Concentration in Signed Language Studies; and a minor in Navajo Language.
For 2012-2013, the undergraduate advisor for Linguistics is Prof. Jill Morford. The advisor for Signed Language Interpreting is Prof. Phyllis Wilcox and for Signed Language Studies, Prof. Barbara Shaffer. The advisor for the Navajo (Diné) Language Program is Carole Uentillie. If you are interested in the Languages major, please contact the Department of Foreign Languages.
Major Study Requirements
B.A. in Linguistics
The B.A. major in Linguistics requires a minimum of 33 hours numbered above 200 (24 in required courses, 9 in approved electives) and four semesters of a second language or the equivalent. Required courses are: LING 301, 303, 304, 322, 331, 367, 412 or 446, 425 or 429. The 9 hours in approved electives may be selected from courses in linguistics or from courses in other departments approved by the Department of Linguistics.
Recommended course sequences for B.A. in LinguisticsStarting in the Fall:
Starting in the Spring:
B.A. in Linguistics with a Concentration in Signed Language Studies
A special concentration of the B.A. in Linguistics which allows students to focus on the linguistic study of signed languages. For more information about this degree, see the page on Signed Language Studies.
B.A. in Languages
An interdisciplinary B.A. major in Languages is offered through the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in conjunction with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Linguistics. Students electing this major do not need a minor.
Minor Study Requirements
The minor in Linguistics requires at least 21 hours of linguistics courses numbered above 200: LING 301, 303, 304, 322, and 9 additional hours selected from the requirements or approved electives for the major.
For information about the minor in Navajo, please see the page for the Navajo (Diné) Program.
Undergraduates seeking departmental honors in the Department of Linguistics should identify a research project during the junior year in consultation with an appropriate professor/mentor and should submit a proposal in the form of a letter to the department chair.
If the proposal is approved by the department chair, the student should enroll in LING 498 the first semester of the senior year and LING 499 the second semester of the senior year. These six hours of honors work are in addition to the minimum number of hours required for the major.
Office of Undergraduate Studies