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Linguistics Major + Global Concentration

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The Global Concentration in Linguistics is a cluster of courses with an international or global focus. The Global Concentration can be applied to any of the five linguistics majors. Students must satisfy the three requirements listed below to receive “Global Concentration” recognition on their academic transcripts.

Concentration requirements:

Requirement 1: A minimum of eight units earned through study abroad, of which a minimum of four units would count towards the major

These units may be earned through the Education Abroad Program, Opportunities Abroad Program or Global Seminars, and must have academic transcripts. Students petition to have courses counted towards their Global Concentration when they return from study abroad, just as they would petition to have courses count towards their major or minor. UC San Diego Global Seminars constitute eight units, and fulfill this criterion without the need for petition.

Requirement 2: Demonstration of proficiency in a second language through the fourth quarter of university-level instruction, or its equivalent

Global Concentrations at UC San Diego require second language proficiency. All Linguistics majors must independently satisfy this requirement as part of the general requirements for a major in linguistics.

Requirement 3: A minimum of two courses with department-identified global content

The following linguistics classes are approved global content courses. This list includes two study abroad Global Seminar (GS) courses. See UC San Diego Global Seminars for more information.

Global Content Linguistics courses

  • LIGN108 Languages of Africa
  • LIGN141 Language Structures
  • LIGN143 The Structure of Spanish
  • LIGN177 Multilingualism
  • LIGN 152 Indigenous Languages of the Americas
  • LIGN157GS Roma and Gitanos
  • LIGN187GS The Art, Language and Culture of Flamenco

Courses taken while on study abroad may be allowed to satisfy the department global content requirement. Students must petition study abroad courses to satisfy this requirement.

General Linguistics, Cognition and Language, Language and Society Majors

Some courses from other departments are pre-approved to count towards General Linguistics, Cognition and Language and Language and Society majors. The following select courses from that list qualify as global content courses (students may petition additional courses in other departments to count if they are judged to have sufficient global content).


Global Content language-related courses in other departments:

  • ANSC 162: Language, Identity, and Community
  • ANSC 116. Languages of the Americas: Mayan
  • ANSC 118. Language and Culture
  • ANSC 122. Language in Society
  • COMM 112G: Interaction and Mediation: Language and Globalization