(Please note: there are two checklists provided for each of our majors. NU Core checklists are for students entering Northeastern prior to Fall 2016; NU Path checklists are for students entering Fall 2016 or later.)

Linguistics Major (Bachelor of Science)

The Major in Linguistics provides students with a strong foundation in the study of linguistics at both the structural and social levels. Coursework on the structural side focuses on the internal structures that make up language and the methods and theories used to identify and understand these core structures (for example, in courses covering phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics), while coursework on the social side emphasizes the methods and theories that are used to study and interpret patterns of social interaction at the linguistic level (for example, in courses covering language and culture, sociolinguistics, and language and gender). Additional coursework draws from related fields to further develop students’ understanding of the broad spectrum of language-related domains (for example, the psychology of language, language acquisition, historical languages, among other topics).

Linguistics Major Checklist, with NU Path (link to PDF)
Linguistics Major Checklist, with NU Core (link to PDF)
Link to the Registrar’s list of requirements

Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology Combined Major (Bachelor of Science)

The major combining Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology focuses on the relationship of culture to the institutions, interpersonal relations, and practices that make up their social structure, while the Linguistics major offers study from both the theoretical and socio-cultural sides of language. In the combined major, students apply their interests in both disciplines to courses from each, as well as real-world experience in co-op and research.

Linguistics & Anthropology Combined Major Checklist, with NU Path (link to PDF)
Linguistics & Anthropology Combined Major Checklist, with NU Core (link to PDF)
Link to the Registrar’s list of requirements

Linguistics and Computer Science Combined Major (Bachelor of Science)

The Computer Science and Linguistics combined major allows students to pursue studies in two fields that, together, are central to the interface between humans and computers. The Computer Science (CS) courses develop students’ knowledge of programming languages, while courses in linguistics develop students’ understanding of natural language structure. Integrative coursework and co-operative education opportunities give students the opportunity to better understand the relationships between the fields.

Computer Science & Linguistics Combined Major Checklist, with NU Path) (link to PDF)
Computer Science & Linguistics Combined Major Checklist, with NU Core) (link to PDF)
Link to the Registrar’s list of requirements

Linguistics and English Combined Major (Bachelor of Arts)

The Combined Major in Linguistics and English allows students to pursue their interests in these two fields simultaneously. Courses in the major are drawn from both fields, with courses like History of English serving to integrate knowledge in the two fields. Thus students not only gain knowledge in the core areas of linguistics and the skills needed to analyze and understand language patterns, but also develop their critical thinking across a range of text types while strengthening and honing their skills in expository writing.

Linguistics & English Combined Major Checklist, with NU Path (link to PDF)
Linguistics & English Combined Major Checklist, with NU Core (link to PDF)
Link to the Registrar’s list of requirements

Linguistics and Psychology Combined Major (Bachelor of Science)

This combined major educates students in psychology, linguistics, and the interface between the two disciplines, which are core areas within the field of cognitive science. Over the course of the program, students receive interdisciplinary training in the methods of experimental psychology, psycholinguistics, and linguistic analysis, as well as an introduction to the neurological and sociological bases of language. Students completing the program should be able to understand and appreciate the relationships between the fields, develop novel solutions to problems within the fields, and apply their knowledge to real-world challenges involving these disciplines.

Linguistics & Psychology Combined Major Checklist, with NU Path (link to PDF)
Linguistics & Psychology Combined Major Checklist , with NU Core (link to PDF)
Link to the Registrar’s list of requirements

Linguistics Minor

The minor in linguistics provides students with an opportunity to pursue coursework in linguistics while earning a major in another domain. As with our major, it aims to give students knowledge about language at the structural and socio-cultural levels.

Linguistics Minor Checklist, with NU Path (link to PDF)
Link to the Registrar’s list of requirements