UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara


Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
South Hall 3607
Telephone: (805) 893-3776
E-mail: undergradadvisor@linguistics.ucsb.edu
Website: www.linguistics.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Patricia Clancy


Linguistics is the study of human language, including the study of similarities and differences among languages of the world; the scientific inquiry into the structure of language, sound structures, word structures, and sentence structures; the study of how language conveys meaning; the study of the way languages change over time; the study of how languages are learned; and the study of the relationship between language, culture, and society. These concerns have relevance to many other fields. The B.A. in linguistics provides a useful background, not only for advanced work in linguistics itself, but also for graduate study in anthropology, law, sociology, language disorders, cognitive science, speech technology, artificial intelligence, psychology, philosophy, education, and applied linguistics.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics who are interested in pursuing a California Teaching Credential should contact the credential advisor in the Graduate School of Education as soon as possible.

A certificate in English as a Second Language may be earned at UCSB Extension with approximately one year of additional study, opening the possibility of teaching in a variety of domestic and international programs in English as a Second Language.

The name of the undergraduate faculty advisor is available in the department office and at our website. In addition, all faculty members are available for advising students. A list of courses offered is available each quarter, prior to registration.

Honors Program in Linguistics

Majors with a minimum 3.5 grade-point average in linguistics courses are eligible to join the honors program during their senior year. The honors program consists of an independent research project carried out under the supervision of a faculty member, earning 6 units of Linguistics 195 over two or three quarters. The goal of the project is to write an original research paper, on a topic of the student’s choice. Students successfully completing the program will be eligible for graduation with Distinction in the Major. Application to the program should be made to the undergraduate advisor of the Department of Linguistics early in the first quarter of the senior year.

Linguistics Adjunct Faculty

Melissa L. Curtin, Ph.D., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, Adjunct
Assistant Professor (intercultural communication; theories of cultural
adjustment; ethnography; language and identity; semiotic landscapes)

Robert Kennedy, Ph.D., University of Arizona, Lecturer; ISBER Researcher
(phonology; reduplication; morphology; phonetics; dialects of English;
linguistics of sports)