BA in Linguistics & Philosophy

The joint major in Linguistics & Philosophy provides a solid foundation in both disciplines and allows students to explore theoretical issues and basic philosophical questions raised in connection with discussions of meaning, intention, and reference. Thirteen courses in all are required for the major, with at least six courses each in linguistics and philosophy. One semester of honors research can be counted toward the 13 required courses. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Course descriptions for linguistics courses are found here; philosophy courses are described here.


Two foundation courses, one philosophy course and one linguistics course, taken from the following:


One of the following, to be taken before higher-level philosophy courses:

  • CAS PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy
  • CAS PH 110 Great Philosophers
  • CAS PH 160 Reasoning and Argumentation


CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics, to be taken before higher-level linguistics courses.

Principal Courses

In addition to the above, also required are 11 principal courses (at least five philosophy courses and five linguistics courses), as outlined below:

Four philosophy courses:

  • CAS PH 310 History of Modern Philosophy
  • CAS PH 360 Symbolic Logic
  • CAS PH 463 Philosophy of Language
  • CAS PH 422 Analytic Philosophy or CAS PH 443 Philosophy of Mind

Four linguistics courses:

  • CAS LX 502 Semantics I
  • CAS LX 510 Phonetics
  • CAS LX 522 Syntax I
  • One additional course in formal syntax, semantics, or pragmatics, chosen from:
    • CAS LX 523 Syntax II
    • CAS LX 503 Semantics II
    • CAS LX 504 Topics in Pragmatics
    • CAS LX 518 Focus
    • CAS LX 519 Questions
    • Or an appropriate CAS LX 500 Topics course, selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Three additional linguistics or philosophy courses above the 100 level, including at least one each in linguistics and philosophy. Recommended courses include:

  • CAS PH 261 Puzzles and Paradoxes
  • CAS PH 265 Minds & Machines
  • CAS PH 270 Philosophy of Science
  • CAS PH 266 Mind, Brain, and Self
  • CAS PH 421 Frege, Moore, and Russell
  • CAS PH 424 Wittgenstein
  • CAS PH 460 Epistemology
  • CAS PH 461 Computability and Logic
  • CAS PH 462 Foundations of Math
  • CAS PH 465 Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • CAS PH 467 Mathematical Logic
  • CAS PH 468 Logic and Mathematics
  • CAS PH 486 Topics in Knowledge, Language, and Logic
  • CAS LX 235 Language in the Contemporary World: Technology, Society, and Law
  • CAS LX 240 Great Linguists
  • CAS LX 245 Language and Mind