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Information for Transfer Students

If you are transferring to UGA from another college or university that does not have a Linguistics program, you can still declare a major in Linguistics. There are no entry requirements that you have to fulfill before declaring a major, and most of our upper-level courses don’t have many prerequisite requirements, making it possible to complete the major in two or three years (depending on other requirements that you may need to satisfy).

See Why major in Linguistics? and Major requirements for more information.

If you have already taken some linguistics courses, see below for information about transfer credit.

Please keep in mind that if you transfer to UGA, you will be expected to satisfy all UGA Core and major requirements, even if the institution from which you are transferring did not offer some of the courses we require. If you cannot complete the major requirements by the time you achieve enough credits to graduate (120 hours), you must still satisfy the major course requirements, even though it means you will have more than enough credits to graduate.

Transfer credit

The Undergraduate Admissions Office is often unable to assign appropriate UGA equivalents for Linguistics courses taken at other universities. If you wish to seek a change in transfer credit, you must bring a copy of the course's syllabus to the Undergraduate Coordinator, Dr. Keith Langston, to request a change.

Transfer credits may be used to satisfy UGA major and minor requirements in two ways: 1) if a course has transferred as an equivalent to a UGA course, students may use that course to satisfy any requirement that the same course taken at UGA would satisfy; 2) if a course has transferred as generic LING credit (e.g., LING 3TXX), the course may be used to satisfy the requirement for a major (or minor) elective course in Linguistics; under some circumstances we may approve substitution for a required course (contact Dr. Keith Langston if you have questions).

Please keep in mind that the University of Georgia requires that at least 15 of the hours required for any degree must be earned in residence at UGA. Therefore, a maximum of 9 hours of upper-division LING transfer credit (3 courses) may be applied to the specific requirements for the A.B. in Linguistics. 

Updated: 07/09/23

Note that the UGA Bulletin is the official source for all degree requirements. In case of any discrepancies between the information here and in the Bulletin, the Bulletin takes precedence.

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