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Bachelor of Arts


Program of Study

With introductory courses that involve linguistics, syntax and phonology, you will build a deep understanding of language structure, word arrangement, the system of sounds and more. Later in the program, you will understand how to collect and analyze field data while working directly with others who speak foreign languages.

To further diversify proficiency, you will also study a second language of a different structure, making you a more valuable candidate to potential employers. Through the program sequence you will need to take one year of a foreign non-Indo-European language as a major requirement to demonstrate foreign language competence.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Syntax
  • Introduction to Phonology
  • Advanced Syntax or Advanced Phonology
  • Field Methods in Anthropological Linguistics
  • One year of a non-Indo-European foreign language OR Linguistic Structures

Language Requirement

You are required to demonstrate competence in a foreign language equivalent to two years of study of skill courses in a foreign language at the college level.

Electives (Sample courses)

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language and Culture
  • Historical and Comparative Linguistics
  • Structure of English Words
  • Introduction to Logic
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Studies in Communication Theory
  • Psychology and Language
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Data Structures
  • Comprehension & Pronunciation of French
  • French Linguistics: Morphology and Syntax
  • Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
  • Spanish Linguistics: Morphology and Syntax
  • Evolution of the Spanish Language

See the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Lee S. Bickmore at


Combined BA in Linguistics/MS in TESOL (non-certification path)

If you're working on your bachelor's in linguistics and want to move into a career teaching English to second language learners without K-12 certification, you can enroll in the combined MS in TESOL program.

This path enables you to earn both degrees in less time by permitting you to apply certain credits to your undergraduate and graduate degree requirements at once. For more information call 518-442-5090 or email

Applied Learning

In addition to doing your own research in the Field Methods in Anthropological Linguistics course, you will have the opportunity to work with faculty on joint research projects and presentations at national meetings.

Qualified students will have the option to apply for the Honors track within the major. The Honors track provides access to higher-level courses like the honors thesis, a project that students complete under the supervision of a faculty member.


Career Outcomes

The bachelor’s in linguistics program at the University at Albany gives you the experience you need to confidently succeed in fields that require analytical, communication and research skills like technology, academia, publishing and government.

Potential job titles include:

  • Speech and language therapist
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Translator
  • Copy editor
  • Technical writer
  • Lexicographer
  • Foreign language teacher
  • Artificial Intelligence computational linguists



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Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Arts
  • Acquire ability to collect data from a primary source (native speaker) and analyze it using techniques learned from previous coursework.
  • Acquire ability to effectively collect linguistic data from secondary sources such as grammars, dictionaries, other linguistic sources.
  • Acquire oral and written presentation skills to present linguistic analysis.
  • Understand and critically evaluate descriptions of grammatical structure from the linguistic literature.
  • Understands basic principles, assumptions and terminology used in major sub-areas: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, acquisition and sociolinguistics, and apply this knowledge to analysis of data within theoretical frameworks for phonological, morphological and syntactic analyses and their applications and contributions.

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