It is our goal for all students to be able to complete their undergraduate degree at UW-Madison within four years. The Linguistics major requires a minimum of 30 credits of coursework (plus additional credits to satisfy the foreign language requirement, if necessary). Students should be able to complete the major within a four year time frame, but advanced planning is necessary due to course prerequisites and availability. A minimum of four semesters is needed to complete the major, due to course sequencing and scheduling patterns.
These sample four-year plans show how a Linguistics major can be sequenced with a Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior start. These are just samples – other permutations are possible, especially for students who get started early. See the undergraduate advisor to map out your personal plan.
Note: These plans include only requirements for the Linguistics major itself. Keep in mind that additional courses are needed as well to satisfy breadth, general education, and other specific requirements for your overall degree.