Minor Program

A minor in Linguistics gives students official recognition for having completed a Linguistics sub-specialization.  Students must complete Linguistics 100 with a grade of "C" or better before declaring the minor.

The minor requires four courses beyond Linguistics 100:

  • Two from this set of 'core' courses (Ling 110, Ling 111, Ling 115, Ling 120, Ling 130) and
  • Two upper-division elective courses (this can consist of additional core courses), at least one of which must be a Linguistics Department course. The other may be from another department if approved by the Linguistics Department as counting towards the minor. List of pre-approved courses in other departments that can count as electives towards the Linguistics Minor.
  • Four of the (five) upper-division courses used to satisfy the minor must be taken at Berkeley (as opposed to at another institution).
  • It is possible for one, but no more than one, upper-division course to count both towards the Linguistics minor AND towards the requirements of the student's major.
  • You may also use the Linguistics Minor Requirement Worksheet to assist with planning your courses.
  • All courses for the minor must be upper-division courses and taken for a letter grade.

Declaring the Minor:

  • You should declare the Minor once you complete Linguistics 100 with a 'C' grade or better by submitting the Minor Completion form at LingMajorAdvisor@berkeley.edu .
  • The minor must be declared no later than one semester before a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT). If the semester before EGT is fall or spring, the deadline is the last day of RRR week. If the semester before EGT is summer, the deadline is the final Friday of Summer Sessions.