The College of Liberal Arts requires that you complete a senior project to earn your bachelor’s degree. The senior project in linguistics consists of a research paper, usually 15 - 25 pages, written and revised during the Major Project Seminar in Linguistics (LING 4901W).
Typically, you will expand and rewrite work done in a previous course. The previous work could be a term paper, squib, group project, or in some cases an oral presentation.
Ling 4901W is offered on an S-N basis only. By University and College policy, the quality of your paper must be good enough to earn at least a C-, although it is anticipated that most senior linguistics majors will produce higher quality papers for their final projects.
The following are some of the senior papers written by linguistics students 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.
Talle Family Scholarships (2013-2014)
Congratulations to our student Christopher Hammerly! Chris has been awarded a Talle Family Scholarship, which provides full tuition support for his senior year. Read more.
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.