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Linguistics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #8 (WUR) New Haven, CT, United States
Linguistics is the scientific study of language. The major in Linguistics at Yale University offers a program of study leading toward an understanding of phonological, grammatical, and semantic structure and of various approaches to descriptive, experimental, and historical linguistics.
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Majors in Linguistics at Yale University may concentrate on theoretical, experimental, or computational linguistics, on various aspects of comparative grammar, or on a particular family of languages. Interested students should consult the director of undergraduate studies.

Learning outcomes

Students with no previous background in linguistics are encouraged to approach the field by taking a 100-level course.

The major requires twelve term courses in linguistics and related areas, distributed as follows:
  • Breadth requirement (four courses). All majors must take a course in each of the core areas of phonology (LING 232) and syntax (LING 253). In addition, at least one course must be taken in any two of the six remaining core areas of linguistics: phonetics, morphology, semantics/pragmatics, computational linguistics, language and mind/brain, and historical linguistics.
  • Depth requirement (two courses). In one of the eight core areas of linguistics, students must take two additional courses beyond the introductory level.
  • Electives (four courses). Four additional courses relating to linguistics are required, at least one of which must be at the 200 level or above. Electives may be chosen from courses offered by the Linguistics department or, with approval of the director of undergraduate studies, from related courses in programs such as Anthropology, Classics, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, English, Philosophy, Psychology, or foreign languages.
  • Research requirement (one course). LING 490, Research Methods in Linguistics, is required and is usually taken in the fall term of the senior year.
  • Senior requirement (one course). Students attend a research colloquium and write a senior essay inLING 491 during the spring term of the senior year.
  • Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Credits
      120 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:
    • Language and Computation
    • The Mental Lexicon
    • Languages of the World
    • Linguistic Diversity and Endangerment
    • Language: Introduction to Linguistics
    • Historical Linguistics
    • Language and Mind
    • Evolution of Language
    • Computational Models in Cognitive Science
    • Experimentation in Linguistics

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    General Requirements

    • All international student applicants at the Yale must complete the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Program (see Standardized Examinations in the chapter Admissions).
    • In addition, all applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Internet-based test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), a test that includes a section on spoken English (see Standardized Examinations in the chapter Admissions).
    • Any transcripts, letters of reference, or other application material written in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      55500 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 55500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      55500 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 55500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for New Haven

    • 1380 - 2110 USD/month
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