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The Department of Linguistics and TESOL

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The Department of Linguistics and TESOL

132 Hammond Hall · Box 19559 · 817-272-3133


Linguistics is the discipline that studies the structures, acquisition, and histories of human languages around the world. Linguists are not, then, principally people who know many languages, but rather people who investigate how a language is organized and what features all languages exhibit.

The Department of Linguistics and TESOL at UT Arlington is especially concerned with the study of minority, often endangered, languages. The curriculum offers students enriching insight into the cultural diversity represented in the more than 6,000 living languages currently known on the planet. The department also presents current approaches to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages.

The study of linguistics prepares students for a variety of careers, among them teaching English to speakers of other languages in the United States and abroad, brand naming (lexicon work), information and intelligence analyst, language policy, forensic linguistics and the law, computer analysis of language, language education, and graduate study in linguistics. Above all, students in the Department of Linguistics and TESOL are made especially aware of the complex world in which we live by studying a universal and most definitive human experience: language.

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Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics


Six hours of composition


Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

The Liberal Arts Elective chosen by Linguistics majors should be one course chosen from this list of courses, to satisfy prerequisites elsewhere in the major: PHIL 1301 or PHIL 3321.

Political Science

2311, 2312.


1311, 1312.


Six hours (MATH 1301 or higher).


Eight hours in lab science (biology, chemistry, geology and/or physics).

Fine Arts

Three hours from architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.

Social/Cultural Studies

The Social and Cultural Studies Requirement will be satisfied by designated courses which have been approved by the Undergraduate Assembly. For a list of approved courses, contact the University Advising Center or the student's major department.

Oral Communication

Students majoring in Linguistics demonstrate competency in oral communication by successfully completing LING 3345. The department advisor must certify completion of this requirement.

Computer Use Competency

Students majoring in Linguistics demonstrate competency in computer use by successfully completing the sophomore level of a Foreign Language course when taken at UT Arlington or by taking LING 4330. If neither of these conditions are met, consult the advisor for ways to satisfy this computer competency requirement. The department advisor must certify completion of this requirement.


Sufficient number of hours to complete the total hours required for a degree.


Three hours of linguistics courses at the 2000 level; 3311, 3330, 3340, 4370; either 3345 or PHIL 2311; either 4301 or 4303; 12 additional hours of linguistics courses at 3000/4000 level. The 12 additional hours of linguistics courses at the 3000/4000 level may include linguistics courses offered by other departments, with approval of the department advisor, provided those courses do not satisfy either the Enhanced Language Requirement or the Minor. Under no circumstances can courses used for the Enhanced Language Requirement or Minor be used to satisfy requirements for linguistics major courses.

Service-Learning Requirement

This will be satisfied by the student enrolling in and earning at least a 2.0 in three hours of credit from a departmental course designated as "service-learning." A course may satisfy both the service-learning requirement and the hours requirements for the major. (For example, LING 3311 if taught as service-learning could satisfy the major requirement and the service-learning requirement.) The Department will maintain a list of courses and section numbers by semesters/year (i.e., Fall 2010) for verification of this requirement, and the department advisor must certify completion of this requirement.

Enhanced Language Requirement

The enhanced language requirement consists of coursework that covers the first year, second year, and third year levels of instruction in a single language. This requirement is equivalent of three years of language instruction, up to and including six hours at the 3000-level in a single language, where that language is not English and is not the student's home language. Classical, modern, signed or indigenous (for example, Native American) languages are all permissible languages to satisfy this requirement.


18 hours in an allied field (psychology, anthropology, philosophy, education, computer science, classical/modern languages, or another field approved by the undergraduate advisor. A student may choose to use the same 18 hours to satisfy simultaneously the enhanced language requirement and the minor requirement.


Sufficient to reach the total hours required for the degree.


120 hours, at least 36 of which must be 3000/4000 level.

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Requirements for a Minor in Linguistics

All undergraduate students who elect to minor in linguistics must take the following two courses:

LING 2301: Introduction to the Study of Human Language and-
LING 3311: Introduction to Linguistic Science

Linguistics minors must also take at least one of the following courses:

LING 3330: Phonetics and Phonology or-
LING 3340: Grammar and Morphology

Linguistics minors must take one course at the 4000-level with a LING prefix.

The remaining six hours of the minor may include any undergraduate level course bearing the LING prefix in order to meet the total number of required hours (18). Students intending to pursue graduate study in linguistics should, however, follow a course program that includes these courses as part of their minor: LING 2301, 3311, 3330, and 3340.

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Requirements for an Undergraduate Certificate in TESOL

Students interested in receiving theoretical and practical training in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) are encouraged to consider this five-course certificate program. The Undergraduate Certificate in TESOL offers a sequence of courses which introduces linguistics, second language acquisition, and methods and materials in TESOL instruction, paired with the an internship required to consist of 60 hours of volunteer ESL/literacy teaching in a local community service organization. Students take 3311, 4327, 4353, 4354, and 4395. Ideally, students should start the sequence with 3311 and use 4395 as the final course in this sequence. This certificate is ideal for students interested in earning a credential to increase employment opportunities, such as teaching English abroad. This certificate can be paired with a bachelor's degree in another discipline. Students who are interested in earning the BA in Linguistics with the Undergraduate Certificate in TESOL may apply the 4000 level courses required by the certificate to the degree requirement of 12 hours at the 3000/4000 level. This optimal sequencing will allow students to graduate with a BA in Linguistics and an Undergraduate Certificate in TESOL without adding additional hours to their degree requirements. Contact the Undergraduate Advisor for more information on this program.

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Linguistics and TESOL Faculty

Associate Professor Stvan


Fitzgerald, Silva

Associate Professor


Assistant Professors

Kilpatrick, Sabbagh, J. Witzel, N. Witzel, Yoon

Professor Emeritus

Burquest, Edmondson, Longacre

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Course Descriptions

View Course Descriptions for:

Linguistics (LING)

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