Requirements for Honors in Linguistics
Students may graduate with Honors in the Linguistics Major by meeting high academic benchmarks, taking some required courses for honors, and completing a year-long independent honors project. The Honors in the Major program for Linguistics requires the following:
- GPA of 3.3 or higher in all university coursework
- GPA of 3.5 or higher in all Linguistics courses, and all courses from other departments counting towards the Linguistics major
Coursework with Honors
- Two Linguistics courses must be taken for honors. To take a Linguistics course for honors, students enroll in the regular course, and enroll concurrently for 1 credit of Honors Tutorial (Ling 481/482 for Juniors or lower, or Ling 583/584 for Seniors). A total of 2 Honors Tutorial credits are required. Typically students take foundational courses such as Ling 310 (Phonology), Ling 322 (Morphology), or Ling 330 (Syntax) for honors. Students must obtain the professor’s permission to take the course for honors, and be authorized to register by the program administrator. The requirements for the honors credit are determined in consultation with the professor, but typically involve a research paper or project that goes beyond the basic requirements of the course. A grade of B or better is required for both courses taken for honors.
Independent Honors Thesis
- Students complete a year-long in depth research project, typically in their senior year. Students must enroll in a 3-credit section of Honors Seminar-Senior Thesis each semester of their senior year, for a total of 6 credits. Ling 681 is taken in Fall and Ling 682 is taken in Spring. Students work closely with a particular professor at all stages of the honors thesis, from development through final write-up. The professor serves as the student’s honors advisor, and must be a Language Sciences faculty member. Both sections of Honors Seminar must be completed with grades of B or better.
Note that the Honors in the Major sequence requires at least two years to complete, and students must embark on the program while still taking foundational courses. If you are considering declaring Honors in the Major, make sure to consult with the Undergraduate Advisor as soon as possible. It is not possible to add Honors credits retroactively to courses taken in prior semesters.
Declaring Honors in the Linguistics Major
Contact the Undergraduate Advisor to declare. Honors courses must be chosen, relevant permissions obtained from professors to allow enrollment in honors sections, and an Honors in the Major Declaration Form submitted to the L&S Honors Program Office located in Washburn Observatory.
See the Linguistics Guide Entry for full details about Honors in the Major.