Information for Transfer Students

Students who transfer from another institution to UCSD can usually complete a Linguistics major in two years if they plan carefully.
The Linguistics minor is flexible, allowing two lower-division courses, including language classes, to count towards your minor. Here are some useful tips:

1. Enroll in LIGN101 Introduction to the Study of Language in your first quarter. This course is offered in the fall and winter quarters, and occasionally in the spring quarter.

2. If you are a Language Studies major or minor, take LIGN143 The Structure of SpanishLIGN140 The Structure of American Sign Language or the LIGN141 Language Structures course as soon as they are offered. Structure of Spanish and Structure of ASL are usually offered every year. Other languages such as Arabic, French, or German are offered on an intermittent basis, and are listed as LIGN141. Contact the undergraduate student affairs officer or undergraduate adviser regarding substitutes if your language of choice is not offered.

3. If you are a General Linguistics, Cognition and Language or Language and Societymajor, take LIGN110 Phonetics as soon as possible, either in the quarter followingLIGN101 or concurrently. This course is a prerequisite to LIGN111 Phonology, and it is recommended that LIGN120 Morphology be taken after completion of LIGN111 andLIGN121 Syntax.

4. Ensure that you complete the undergraduate language requirement. This can be satisfied by:
a) passing the reading proficiency exam and the oral interview administered by the Department of Linguistics. Contact the Linguistics Language Program Assistant to schedule the exam.
b) Successful completion of a course representing the 4th quarter of instruction at UCSD with a grade of C- or better
c) Scoring 4 or greater on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam.

Students with native language competence in a language other than English may petition to have English count as satisfying the proficiency requirement.

Need help?

Don’t hesitate to seek advising assistance from the Department of Linguistics undergraduate student affairs officer or the faculty undergraduate adviser regarding major requirements.

Your college advisers can help with university and general education requirements. For other aspects of the transfer process refer to the Transfer Student Services page

Connect with the All Campus Transfer Association (ACTA), a student organization for transfer students.

Inquiries about language classes should be directed to the Language Program advisors .

Inquiries about the Linguistics Undergraduate Program (specific questions about classes, plans of study, graduate school options, and EAP/OAP class approval) should be directed to the Undergraduate Advisors.