Explore your interests in linguistics at Lawrence.

Academic advising at Lawrence seeks to empower each student to craft and pursue a transformative liberal arts experience that prepares them for impactful and personally fulfilling lives. Faculty advisors support students in planning and achieving their educational goals, facilitate connections to campus resources and communities, and guide students to make informed decisions as they pursue their academic interests and aspirations. 

Course Planning for New and Exploring Students

LING 150: Introduction to Linguistics is the starting course for the linguistics major and minor and is offered every year in the fall and spring. Students are encouraged to take the course during their first year or fall term of their sophomore year. Students should also begin a language sequence in the first year.

After completing LING 150, students may begin to take other courses in the major or minor. See the Linguistics major/minor requirements for details.

Declare a Major/Minor

All students are expected to declare a major before the end of sophomore year. Ideally, sophomore students will declare a major (and switch to an advisor in the major) before advance registration advising begins in spring term.

Major Advising

All students will transition to a major advisor upon declaration. The major advisor will help students plan their coursework to satisfy requirements for the major, select courses in other areas to complement the major or satisfy personal interests, and prepare for their Senior Experience. Prospective linguistics majors can consult with any of the following affiliated faculty about serving as a major advisor:

Add a Major Advisor

Need help identifying an advisor in the major? Students can contact advising@lawrence.edu for assistance with advisor matching.

Minor Advising

Students do not need an official advisor for the linguistics minor or teaching ESL minor. Instead, students are encouraged to consult with the program director or other affiliated faculty for advice on course selection and satisfying minor requirements.

Additional Student Resources

If you still have questions about advising support related to the linguistics program, we invite you to contact the program director.