LING 399-0 provides course credit to students who choose to do mentored independent research in Linguistics. Content varies widely, reflecting the variety of questions asked and methods used in linguistic research. However, all LING 399 experiences should provide substantial training in and exposure to research. Students should become familiar with research questions being addressed in a particular area, the methods used to address it, and relevant findings. In many cases, students will be involved in specific research studies in the Department of Linguistics.
Key characteristics of LING 399:
- Prerequisites. There are no general course prerequisites for LING 399. However, individual faculty members supervising students' research may require the prior completion of certain courses and may specify the grades that must be attained.
- Class standing. Most students who take LING 399 are juniors or seniors who have a declared major or minor in Linguistics. LING 399 is also open to sophomores who (1) have taken at least three Linguistics courses and (2) have a grade point average of at least 3.4 in their Linguistics courses. Exceptions require approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS).
- Papers are often required. The content of the paper should be determined by the supervising faculty member. In many cases, the paper will take the form of a brief research report, in which the student introduces and reports the results of his or her research. Another possible format is a research proposal, in which the student introduces a topic and proposes a study. In other cases, the paper may be a written summary of the experiences that constituted the Independent Study. The content of the paper should be a key factor in determining the student's grade.
- Abstracts are required. Students must prepare an abstract describing their work (250 words) and provide an electronic copy of the abstract in Word or PDF format to the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the end of each quarter.
To apply to participate in LING 399, please fill out this form, and share with your supervising faculty member. They can work with you to determine a basis for grading. Once you have obtained their signature, please send to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Submit your form as soon as registration for the relevant quarter begins. Forms must be received no later than one week before the start of the quarter (and preferably sooner).Back to top