Language is a system of communication with an extraordinarily intricate structure. The scientific study of the mental representations and biological basis of language involves many questions, including what the nature of this system is, how humans master it so early in their cognitive development, how humans use it to communicate, and how it is implemented in human biology.

The Language Science major offers concentrations in theoretical, behavioral, computational, and applied approaches to language science. Graduates will have an interdisciplinary language science background that is attractive for a variety of careers, including teaching, language technology industry positions, teaching English as a second language abroad, interpreting & translation, technical writing, language consulting for legal firms and medical practices, and advertising, among others. In addition, the strong foundation in formal and applied language science will better prepare graduates in the major for graduate and professional programs in any of the areas related to language science, including speech-language pathology, linguistics, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, natural language processing, and education. 

Major: Language Science (B.A.), COMING SOON

In addition to the courses described below, all students must satisfy University and School of Social Sciences requirements.


I. Core introductory lower-division courses
All five are required.
Ling 3: Intro to Linguistics 
Ling 10: Intro to Phonology 
Ling 20: Intro to Syntax 
Ling 43/LPS 30: Intro to Symbolic Logic 
Ling 51/Psych56L: Acquisition of Language

II. Natural/Formal language 
Two of the following are required.
Foreign Language Structure 
Germ 104: Intro to German Linguistics 
Ling 164A: Topics in Romance Languages 
Ling 164B: French Phonetics 
Ling 172: History of English 
Span 113A: Spanish Phonetics 
Span 113B: Intro to Spanish Linguistics 
The 3x level of any non-English language 
(Note: May be used more than once. For example, a student could use Span 3A and Span 3B to satisfy both courses in section II. In addition, if a student places out of the 3x level in a language, then the Natural/Formal language requirement is satisfied by the 3x courses placed out of. )

Logic and Computation
Ling 102/CompSci 162: Formal Languages and Automata 
Ling 142/LPS 104/ Philos 104: Intro to Logic 
Ling 145A/LPS 105A/Philos 105A: Elementary Set Theory

III. Additional core courses
Five of the following courses, three of which must be upper division.

1. Any Ling course not listed in parts I, II, or IV. This currently includes these courses:
Ling 1: Languages of the World 
Ling 2: Discovering Language 
Ling 68/Anthro 2D: Language and Culture 
Ling 111: Intermediate Phonology 
Ling 115: Intro to Phonetics
Ling 121: Intermediate Syntax
Ling 131: Intro to Morphology
Ling 143: Intro to Formal Semantics 
Ling 145B/LPS 145B/ Philos 105B: Metalogic
Ling 145C/LPS 105C/ Philos 105C: Undecidability and Incompleteness 
Ling 151/Psych156A: Acquisition of Language II 
Ling 155/Psych 150: Psychology of Language 
Ling 158/Bio N160/Psych 161: Language and Brain 
Ling 168J/Anthro 151A: Improvisation, Language, and Culture 
Ling 168S/Anthro 150A: Language and Social Cognition

2. Individual study with a faculty member affiliated with Language Science. (This will often take the form of a 199 independent study course (e.g., Psych 199/Ling 199/LPS 199/Anthro 199/Span 199) but may be a research course, whose numbering varies by department. Note that individual study may count for up to two of the additional core courses if taken for multiple quarters or with multiple faculty members affiliated with Language Science.)

IV. Specializations
Four of the following, coming from at least two of A-D below.

A. Theoretical
Ling 112: Advanced Phonology
Ling 119: Special Topics in Phonetics/Phonology
Ling 124: Current Topics in Syntax
Ling 129: Special Topics in Syntax
Ling 141/LPS 145/Philos 145: Topics in Philosophy of Language
Ling 149: Special Topics in Semantics
Ling 168: Constructed Languages
Ling 176: Intro to Pidgin and Creole Languages
Span 187: Special Topics in Spanish Linguistics

B. Behavioral & Neuroscientific
Ling 151A/Psych 156E: Atypical Acquisition
Ling 151B: Bilingual Acquisition
Ling 151S: Second Language Acquisition
Ling 152: Acquisition of Language III
Ling 159: Special Topics in Psycholinguistics
Ling 165L: Language Change, Acquisition, and Complexity
Ling 175/Hist 135G/Anthro 152A/GlblClt 105: Language Origins: Evolution, Genetics, and the Brain

C. Computational
Comp Sci 142A/CSE 142: Compilers and Interpreters
Comp Sci 142B: Language Processor Construction
Comp Sci 171: Intro to Artificial Intelligence
Comp Sci 177: Applications of Probability in Computer Science
Ling 106M: Computational Models of Language Learning
Ling 107M: Computational Methods for Language Research
Ling 109: Special Topics in Computational Linguistics

D. Applied
BME 148: Microimplants
Chinese 100A/B/C: Classical Chinese
Drama 35: Speech for Theater
E Asian 125: Topics in East Asian Applied Linguistics
Educ 134: Teaching English Internationally
Educ 151/Psy Beh192V: Language and Literacy
Mus 158A/B/C: Diction. (Note that only one course of this series may count towards the four specialization courses.)
Psych 131B: Hearing
Psych 141J/K/L/M/N/O/P/Q/R/Educ 141A/B/C/D/E/G/H/I: Jumpstart I-III: Early Language, Literacy, and Social Development. (Note that only two courses of this series may count towards the four specialization courses.)
Psych 161H/BioSci N147: Hearing and the Brain
Span 151: Intro to Translation

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