Program Description

This program of study provides students with insight into the study of language and language behavior. The theoretical foundations of linguistics provide the basis for gaining insight into language structure and use. Multidisciplinary in nature, this area of emphasis includes social, psychological, and historical aspects of language. The goal of this field of study is to develop a student’s capacity to observe, assess, and analyze how language operates. Students who complete this area of emphasis are prepared for advanced study in Linguistics and Foreign Languages at CSU, UC, and private universities. Employment in education, research, communication, psychology, speech pathology, cultural studies, and child development typically requires an advanced degree.

PLEASE NOTE: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary. When selecting courses for transfer purposes, students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific transfer institutions.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the systems and functions of human languages.
  2. Use critical thinking skills to analyze and synthesize various aspects of human languages.

Requirements for the AA Degree

To qualify for this degree, you must meet these requirements:

  • Minimum of 60 AA units
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Complete the traditional AA or IGETC or CSU GE
  • Complete this area of emphasis

Area of Emphasis Required Courses

Students must complete the core course and additional requirements. All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Core course (required):

  • LING 010
    or ENGL 010 - Introduction to Linguistics (3) 
    You are strongly encouraged to take this course before other linguistic courses.

Additional requirements:

You must complete three courses (9 units) from the following:

  • ANTH 005 - Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (3)
  • LING 011 - History of English Language (3)
    or ENGL 011 - History of English Language (3)
  • LING 012 - Intercultural Communication (3)
    or ENGL 012 - Intercultural Communication (3)
  • LING 014 - Language in Society (3)
  • LING 016 - Psycholinguistics: Language and the Mind (3)
  • LING 017 - Language Acquisition (3)
  • LING 020 - Independent Study (1)
  • SLPA 018 - Speech Language Pathology and Audiology (3)

Additional Options:

You must also take either two additional courses (at least 6 units) listed above or two foreign language courses (at least 6 units) listed below. You must take foreign language courses from the same language, if choosing a foreign language as an additional option.

  • ASL 001 - American Sign Language (4)
  • ASL 002 - American Sign Language (4)
  • ASL 010C - American Sign Language (3)
  • ASL 010D - American Sign Language  (3)

  • ARBC 001 - Elementary Arabic (5)
  • ARBC 002 - Elementary Arabic (5)
  • ARMN 001 - Elementary Armenian (5)
  • ARMN 002 - Elementary Armenian (5)
  • CHIN 001 - Elementary Chinese (Mandarin) (5)
  • CHIN 002 - Elementary Chinese (Mandarin) (5)
  • CHIN 002A - Elementary Chinese (Mandarin) for Advanced Beginners (5)
  • CHIN 003 - Intermediate Chinese (Mandarin) (5)
  • CHIN 004 - Intermediate Chinese (Mandarin) (5)
  • FRNC 001 - Elementary French (5)
  • FRNC 002 - Elementary French (5)
  • FRNC 003 - Intermediate French (5)
  • FRNC 004 - Intermediate French (5)
  • GRMN 001 - Elementary German (5)
  • GRMN 002 - Elementary German (5)
  • GRMN 003 - Intermediate German (5)
  • GRMN 004 - Intermediate German (5)
  • ITAL 001 - Elementary Italian (5)
  • ITAL 002 - Elementary Italian (5)
  • ITAL 003 - Intermediate Italian (5)
  • ITAL 004 - Intermediate Italian (5)
  • JAPN 001 Elementary Japanese (5 units)
  • JAPN 002 - Elementary Japanese (5)
  • JAPN 003 - Intermediate Japanese (5)
  • JAPN 004 - Intermediate Japanese (5)
  • JAPN 005 - Advanced Reading and Composition (3)
  • LATN 001 - Elementary Latin (5)
  • LATN 002 - Elementary Latin (5)
  • PORT 001 - Elementary Portuguese – Level 1 (5)
  • PORT 002 - Elementary Portuguese – Level 2 (5)
  • PORT 003 - Intermediate Portuguese (5)
  • PORT 004 - Intermediate Portuguese (5)
  • RUSS 001 - Elementary Russian (5)
  • RUSS 002 - Elementary Russian (5)
  • RUSS 003 - Intermediate Russian (5)
  • RUSS 004 - Intermediate Russian (5)
  • SPAN 001 - Elementary Spanish (5)
  • SPAN 002 - Elementary Spanish (5)
  • SPAN 002A - Spanish for Spanish Speakers (5)
  • SPAN 003 - Intermediate Spanish (5)
  • SPAN 004 - Intermediate Spanish (5)
  • SPAN 025 - Spanish Composition (3)
  • SPAN 031 - Language of the Barrio (3)

General Education Requirements

To be eligible for an AA degree, you must complete general education requirements in addition to the area of emphasis course requirements. You choose to follow one of the following three GE Patterns:

Which GE Pattern you choose to follow is based on your transfer plans. Speak with your counselor or visit the Transfer Center to find out more about which GE Pattern to follow.