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 Associates in Arts - Linguistics becomes Available Fall 2019

Linguistics is the science of language.  The Linguistics program prepares students to transfer into the CSU and UC systems to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Linguistics.  The goals of this program are to provide a solid foundation in understanding how language works and to acquire the use of another language at the intermediate level.  The program provides the necessary transferable courses to allow students to fully or partially complete the lower division preparatory requirement of their transfer institution, depending on the school of choice.  Consult with a counselor and the appropriate CSU and UC catalogs and Linguistics Departments for the most current information on specific Linguistics preparation for transfer.  An AA in Linguistics prepares students for careers in language teaching and other education positions both in the US and abroad.  Linguistics also prepares individuals for careers in the computer industry, law, publishing and the media, advertising and government.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Complete Major, CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern Competency Requirements, and 60 transferable units, OR  Complete Major, MPC General Education Pattern, Competency Requirements, and 60 degree applicable units.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: LING 10 Foundations of Language (3), LING 15 Introduction to Linguistics (3), and three semesters of a foreign language 1A, 1B, and 2A (15 units).  21 units total

Certificate of Achievement in Linguistics - Offered Online

Linguistics is the science of language. Students who receive a Certificate of Achievement in Linguistics have demonstrated that they are familiar with and can apply linguistic principles in the analysis of syntax, phonology, historical linguistics, discourse analysis, nonverbal communication, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. Students must petition for this Certificate which appears on the official college transcript. 

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of linguistic principles in one or more areas of linguistics.    
  • Apply linguistic principles to the analysis of written and spoken language.            
Certificate Requirements
Select eighteen units from the following
LING 10 Foundations of Language (3)
LING 15 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
LING/GOWS 25 Introduction to Language and Gender (3)

Intro. to the History of the English Language (3)



Introduction to Non-Verbal Behavior (3)



Introduction to Language and Society (3)


LING 46 Introduction to Psycholinguists (3)
LING 49 Introduction to Discourse Analysis (3)
LING 50 Introduction to Standard American English (3)
Total Certificate Units