Linguistics, BA

College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description:

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.

Admission Requirements:


A minimum of 26 credit hours; 23 credit hours must be in courses acceptable toward graduation.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all work.

  • Transfer students must have a 2.0 transfer GPA.
  • Continuing UNM students must have a 2.00 institutional GPA.

Demonstrated academic achievement by satisfying the following:

  • Completion of the University Speaking and Writing Core.
  • Completion of the University Mathematics Core.
  • Completion of the University Foreign Language Core.

Completion of Department of Linguistics major admission coursework with grade(s) of "C" or better:

  • Linguistics: LING 301.
  • Signed Language Interpreting: Admission to the College of Arts and Sciences and the Signed Language Interpreting Program is not automatic.  Majors must formally apply with the program to gain admission.  Contact the program director for more information.

Career Opportunities:

Linguistics is the study of how languages work, change, are learned, and are used. Linguists, therefore, see language as an intricate system of interacting semantic, grammatical, phonological, and pragmatic rules and principles to study, describe, and ultimately to understand. The concerns in linguistics overlap with those of other language sciences, making linguistics a truly interdisciplinary field.   A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required, and qualifies one for entry-level positions in business, nonprofit organizations, and government. Depending upon the student’s career interests, and due to the major’s emphasis on analysis, argumentation and reasoning, and communication, a linguistics major is may pursue a professional degree in law, business, government or education. 

Contact Information:

Jill P. Morford: Professor
(505) 277-6353