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Course Substitutions

Courses that are cross-listed with LING but taken under the associated course prefix can in almost all instances be automatically used to satisfy Linguistics major or minor requirements. For example, if you took CMSD(LING) 3120 as CMSD 3120, it can still count as a Linguistics course. If it is not applied to the correct requirement automatically in DegreeWorks, just contact your advisor and ask them to adjust this. 

The only current exception to this rule is ENGL(LING) 4826 Style: Language, Genre, and Cognition. This course is sometimes taught as ENGL 4826 only, with a focus on literature. If the LING cross-listing is not offered in the semester that the course is taken, it cannot be used to satisfy the Linguistics major or minor requirements. Contact the Undergraduate Coordinator if you have any questions.

Courses offered at UGA that are not cross-listed with LING and that are not taught by a UGA Linguistics faculty member cannot normally be used to satisfy major or minor requirements. Exceptions may be granted only under extraordinary circumstances.

If you would like to petition the Undergraduate Coordinator (Dr. Keith Langston) for the substitution of a non-LING course for a Linguistics degree requirement, you must provide:

  • A copy of the course syllabus.
  • A justification for the request. You should explain clearly how the content of the course relates to linguistics. If you can show that this particular course will help you meet your specific goals for an intended graduate program of study or your future career, and that there are no similar courses offered by the Department of Linguistics, that will increase the chances of approval.
  • A brief letter of support from the faculty member teaching the course (an e-mail is acceptable), describing the components of the course and learning objectives that are relevant for the discipline of Linguistics.

Keep in mind that such course substitutions are made solely at the discretion of the Department of Linguistics.

For information about transfer credit (including courses taken on non-UGA study abroad programs), go to Information for Transfer Students.

For other questions about course substitutions, please contact Dr. Keith Langston.

Updated: 07/09/23

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