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International Studies - Linguistics

Major Requirements:

Language Requirement

International Studies majors are required to demonstrate basic proficiency in a modern foreign language.  This can be accomplished in one of the following ways:

International Studies Core Courses (3 courses)

All courses are 4-units, upper-division and must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

Disciplinary Focus (8 courses)

All eight (8) courses must be 4 units, upper-division and taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

All students are required to complete the following course:

  • LIGN 101. Introduction to the Study of Language

At least three (3) of the eight (8) upper-division courses must be selected from the following:

  • LIGN 105. Law and Language
  • LIGN 108. Languages of Africa
  • LIGN 141. Language Structures
  • LIGN 143. Structure of Spanish
  • LIGN 150. Historical Linguistics
  • LIGN 152. Indigenous Languages of the Americas
  • LIGN 155. Evolution of Language
  • LIGN 174. Gender and Language in Society
  • LIGN 175. Sociolinguistics
  • LIGN 176. Language of Politics and Advertising
  • LIGN 177. Multilingualism


The remaining four (4) upper-division courses may be selected from the following:

Interdisciplinary Elective Courses (3 courses)

All three (3) courses must be upper-division, 4 units and taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

Course Pre-requisites: Students are responsible for meeting all departmental pre-requisite courses.  Please refer to the General Catalog (Link to: catalog.ucsd.edu) for additional information.

Regional Requirement

At least three (3) of the eleven (11) Disciplinary Focus and Interdisciplinary Elective courses must focus on one region.

  • Note: This requirement is an overlap requirement comprised of courses that count for both the Disciplinary Focus or Interdisciplinary Elective courses and the Regional Requirement.
  • Regional Requirement courses may come all from within the Disciplinary Focus, Interdisciplinary Electives, or a combination of the two.
  • Possible regions include: Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America or the Middle East.

International Studies Academic Advising Resources

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