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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Linguistics, B.A.

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Students must complete the Oakland University General Education Requirements, General College of Arts and Sciences requirements , College of Arts and Sciences Exploratory requirement , Major Requirements, and an appropriate number of free elective classes to meet the overall credit requirement for the degree (in most cases a minimum of 124; some degrees may require a greater number).

As a general rule, no more than eight credits of coursework used to satisfy one major, minor or concentration may be applied toward another, but exceptions to this rule may be allowed with the written approval of the program coordinators.

Schedule of Classes

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes.

General Education Requirements

In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses.

Each candidate for an Oakland University baccalaureate will need to satisfactorily complete approved courses in each of the following areas: Foundations, Explorations, and Integration. For details, refer to the General Education Requirements   section of the catalog.

Requirements for the liberal arts major in linguistics, B.A. program

To earn a liberal arts major in linguistics, students must complete the following program of study. Credit toward the major will only be allowed for courses completed with a grade of C or higher. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 is required for courses included in the major.

1. A minimum of 44 credits including

b. Capstone course

  • (4) (fulfills the university general education requirement for the capstone experience and for a writing intensive course in the major or general education)

c. Sixteen additional credits of ALS or LIN courses, with at least 12 credits at the 3000-4000 level

2. Foreign language

  • Either one year’s study of a single foreign language, including American Sign Language, or LIN 4409  

3. Only two LIN courses at the 1000-2000 level will be accepted for credit toward the major.


Students majoring in linguistics may not use the ALS rubric toward fulfillment of the College of Arts andSciences Exploratory Requirement.


Requirements for the modified major in linguistics with a minor in computer science, B.A. program

To earn the minor, students must complete:

1. A minimum of 24 credits in linguistics courses to include

2. A minimum of 20 credits in CSI courses as follows


At least 12 of these credits must be taken at Oakland University. An average grade of at least a C is required in courses counted toward this minor. See requirements for the minor in computing in the School of Engineering and Computer Science section of this catalog.


Credits toward the modified major will only be allowed for courses completed with a grade of C or higher. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 is required for all ALS and LIN courses in the modified major.


Requirements for a modified major with a concentration in linguistics

Students may elect a modified major in anthropology, English, psychology, or sociology, with a concentration in linguistics.

The core in linguistics requires 16 credits including

An additional 4 credits in linguistics courses for the specific concentrations


For requirements in the modified majors, students should consult the appropriate department.

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