Linguistics majors who are enrolled in the University Honors Programs have different requirements for completing their major or minor.
Honors requirements are listed below for:
LING 4201 and 5201 cannot both be counted towards the degree requirements, nor can 4302W and 5302, or 4202 and 5202, etc.
For your electives, you may take any course with a LING designator, but no more than 4 credits from a 1xxx-level course. Up to 6 of your elective credits may be taken in an allied discipline, if approved by the director of undergraduate studies.
An honors thesis is required of all honors students majoring in linguistics.
The thesis is completed by registering for the two-semester sequence LING 3051H-3052V. These courses must be taken on an A-F grade basis.
The final thesis usually is 20 - 40 pages, although actual length may vary according to the topic. Summa cum laude theses require the approval of the thesis supervisor and two readers. Magna cum laude, and cum laude theses require the approval of the thesis supervisor.
The first semester is conducted as an independent study under the supervision of a professor with expertise in the subject of the thesis, and usually consists of background reading, data gathering and other research and should culminate in completion of an initial draft of the research.
The final writing of the thesis is done in the second semester, LING 3052V, which will meet concurrently with LING 4901W. This is a seminar devoted to the writing and structure of linguistics papers, as represented by models to be examined and discussed in class. It will include peer review and commentary on successive drafts, along with discussion of the linguistic issues appropriate to the topics students are writing about in each seminar.
For further information on the honors thesis, and guidance in choosing a topic and/or an advisor for the first semester's research, contact the honors advisor in linguistics, Brian Reese, prior to registering for the course.
The following are some of the honors theses written by linguistics graduates in recent years:
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LSA 2014 Annual Meeting
Three of our Linguistics undergrads have been selected to give talks at the LSA 2014 Annual Meeting, held in Minneapolis this January. Carolyn Spadine will be presenting “Circumstantial voice and aspect in Malagasy”, Andrew Hedding and Hannah Sande will be presenting “Geminates and weight in Amharic”, and Maria Stolen will be presenting “Fixed aspect in Amharic Conditionals” which she co-authored with Professor Claire Halpert.
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Selmer Birkelo Scholarship for 2013-2014
Congratulations to our undergraduate student Mary Elson! Mary was awarded the prestigious Selmer Birkelo scholarship for 2013-2014. The scholarship was awarded on the basis of academic merit, and only 18 students in CLA were awarded the scholarship for 2013-2014. The recipients receive up to $4000.