This track explores the relationship between language and mind.  Students will learn about the meanings and functions of language, the ways in which language is produced and comprehended, how it is acquired by learners, and the relationship between language and thought in different cultures.  The track provides undergraduate students with interdisciplinary training in theories and methods from cognitive linguistics, language acquisition, computer science, cognitive anthropology, psychology, and speech, language, and hearing sciences.


The current linguistics major (general track) requires 15 credits of LING electives (9 at the upper division level).  Students declaring the Language and Cognition sub-plan will also complete 15 credits of LING electives (9 at the upper division level); however, they must select 12 of these credits from the set of cognition-relevant courses below.  For the remaining 3 elective credits, students can choose any LING course that is applicable to the general LING track.

  • LING/CLAS 1010: The Study of Words
  • LING 3185: Figurative Language
  • LING 3005: Cognitive Science
  • LING 4100: Perspectives on Language: Language and Embodiment
  • LING 4220: Language and Mind
  • LING/SLHS 4560: Language Development
  • LING 4632: Machine Learning and Linguistics
  • LING 4622: Statistical Analysis for Linguistics
  • LING 4225: Interdisciplinary Research Methods in Child Language Acquisition