Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics

The BA in Linguistics aims to develop an understanding of the way human languages are structured and educates students in the basic skills that are essential for the analysis of language. This includes knowledge of language structure, sound systems and processes, word and sentence meaning, and contextual interpretation. In addition, given the interdisciplinary nature of linguistics, students may also study language and social communication, the historical development of languages, and how language is processed in the brain. The program curriculum, in addition to the offered minors in Aphasia and Computational Linguistics, is designed to provide training for students interested in working as assistants in communication disorder institutes, government positions, or prepare for graduate study in relevant fields.

Program Objectives

  • To graduate language practitioners with the prerequisite knowledge, values and skills to practice within the multicultural populations of the UAE, the GCC and the global community.
  • To equip students with the necessary professional infrastructure to conduct research, disseminate findings, and undertake community service.
  • To enhance traditional values of volunteerism, social solidarity, cooperation and mutual aid through real world humanitarian experiences
  • To prepare future leaders and entrepreneurs for professional practice and service in a global context.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define the fields of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.
  • Discuss raw linguistic data from a variety of naturalistic and experimental sources.
  • Interpret linguistic data in the context of existing models of language.
  • Analyze language change, especially as it applies to the origin and nature of dialects.
  • Categorize complex relationships between language varieties and socio-cultural characteristics such as socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and gender.
  • Assess the major phases in the historical and biological development of languages.
  • Develop organizational, team work, and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate professional skills and thoughts of ethical, social, integrity and respect for diversity.
  • Demonstrate effective communicate skills in written and oral format.
  • Develop basic information literacy in general linguistics and allied disciplines.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 120 hours

General Education (Req. CH:39)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FOED102Professional Ethics in Education3.000
PHI121Fundamentals of Environmental Ethics3.000
PHI122International Ethics3.000
PHI226Human Rights Theory3.000
PHIL120Principles of Professional Ethics3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU1014Introduction to Academic English for Humanities and SS3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  13.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
1 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB210Introduction to Agribusiness3.000
ECON110Principles of Economics3.000
HSR140Introduction to Society & Behavior3.000
HSR150Introduction to Government Policy & Urban Structures3.000
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000
SWK200Introduction to Social Welfare3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB360Global Agri-food Trade3.000
ARCH346Contemporary World Architecture3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
GEO200World Regional Geography3.000
HIS120Arab & Islamic Civilization3.000
HIS121World History: Origins to 15003.000
HIS125Contemporary Civilization3.000
PSG250Principles of International Relations 3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH120Contemporary Applications of Math3.000
STAT101Statistics in the Modern World3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG205Introduction to Fish & Animal Science3.000
ARAG220Natural Resources3.000
BION100Biology and its Modern Application3.000
CHEM181Chemistry in the Modern World3.000
FDSC250Contemporary Food Science & Nutrition3.000
GEOL110Planet Earth3.000
PHED201Physical Fitness and Wellness3.000
PHYS101Conceptual Physics3.000

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSR400Integrated Capstone  23.000
2 : Also counts towards the Major


Linguistics Major (Req. CH:39)

Required Courses (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG231Phonology I3.000
LNG241Syntax I3.000
LNG331Phonology II3.000
LNG341Syntax ll3.000
LNG480Field Methods in Linguistics3.000
LNG490Senior Capstone3.000


Elective Courses (Req. CH:9) Students should take one course from each of the following three groups:-

Variation and Change (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
LNG362Contrastive Linguistics3.000
LNG370Historical Linguistics3.000
LNG415Current Topics in Language Variation & Change3.000

Representation, Meaning & Mind (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
LNG321Language & Computer Technology3.000
LNG420Computational Linguistics3.000
LNG475Current Topics in Language Rept Meaning & Mind3.000
PHI333Philosophy of Language3.000

Arabic linguistics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
LNG290Linguistic Structure of Arabic3.000
LNG390Arabic Syntax3.000
LNG470Current Topics in Arabic Linguistics3.000
LNG485Neuroscience of Arabic3.000


Minors and Free Electives (Req. CH:42)

Required Minor (1) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Optional Minor (2) (Students can either take Minor (2) or 18 credit hours from any free elective courses.) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Free Electives (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours