Linguistics Minor

Department of Linguistics

104A Smith Building, CB# 3155

(919) 962-1192

Paul Roberge, Chair

Katya Pertsova, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Courses in the department are offered for the general student and for those who wish to receive the bachelor of arts with a major in linguistics. Courses in linguistics are intended to open up systematic perspectives on the nature of human language by means of detailed studies of language structure, language change and language acquisition, the sound system of language, and the syntactic/semantic system of language.

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The minor in linguistics consists of four linguistics courses numbered 200 or higher.

Core Requirements
Two courses selected from: 16
Linguistic Variation and Language Change
Language Acquisition and Development
Two additional LING courses numbered 200 or higher. 2,36
Total Hours12

 LING 101 is a prerequisite for these courses.


 In order to fashion a coherent program of study that complements the student’s major, the department encourages students to select these two courses in consultation with the department’s director of undergraduate studies, Professor Misha Becker.


 No more than three combined hours of LING 395, LING 493, and LING 495 can be counted toward the minor.

Linguistics (LING) course descriptions.

See the program page here for special opportunities.