Bachelor of Arts in English: Concentration in Linguistics Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 45

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ENG 114 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2) 1 3
GE Area A 2 3
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 4 6
Second Semester
ENG 218 Literature Is Not A Luxury: Writing For Self and Community (Major Lower-Division Core, E) 3
ENG 250 Topics in Literature and Culture (Major Lower-Division Core, C2) 3
GE Area A 3
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 5 3-4
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
Third Semester
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 5 3-4
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 4 6
Fourth Semester
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Three 4 9
Fifth Semester
ENG 420 Introduction to the Study of Language (Major Upper-Division Core, UD-C, GP) 3
ENG 480GW Writing in English: GWAR Seminar (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
GE Area F ± 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
U.S. and California Government 3
Sixth Semester
ENG 402 Introduction to Professional Writing and Rhetoric (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
ENG 421 Syntax (Major Concentration) 3
ENG 424 Phonology and Morphology (Major Concentration) 3
ENG 583 Shakespeare: Representative Plays (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
Major Electives (9 units) - Take One 6 3
Seventh Semester
ENG 425 Language in Context (Major Concentration) 3
ENG 461 Literature in English Since 1800 (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
ENG 640 Global Texts and Practices (Major Upper-Division Core, GP) 3
Major Electives (9 units) - Take One 6 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
Eighth Semester
ENG 422 History of the English Language (Major Capstone) 3
Major Electives (9 units) - Take One 6 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Three 4 9
 Total Units120-122

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.


To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet the SF State Studies (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) requirements within your GE or major.


To determine the best B4 course option, students should complete the online advising activity at Questions? Contact Gator Smart Start.


Complementary Studies Requirement for English Majors

12 units of Complementary Studies are required of all candidates in any of the four concentrations (Literature, Linguistics, English Education, and Individual Major) in the Bachelor of Arts degree in English. These units must come from courses bearing a prefix other than ENG, and must not be cross-listed with ENG. English majors will be offered four pathways for satisfying this requirement; each pathway is designed to facilitate graduation in a timely manner.

  1. Foreign Language: 12 units in a single foreign language;
  2. Second Major, Minor, or Certificate: 12 units of coursework taken as part of a second major, a minor, or a certificate;
  3. Study Abroad: 12 units of coursework taken in an approved study abroad program (such as CSU Study Abroad);
  4. Related Subjects: 12 units of coursework in related disciplines with the approval of an English Department advisor.

Related subjects typically include (but are not limited to) Comparative and World Literature, Classics, Creative Writing, Ethnic Studies, Foreign Languages, History, Journalism, and Women and Gender Studies. For this option, six units must be from classes in a non-literary related field.

Depending on the concentration within the major, CS pathway, and with the approval of a departmental advisor, up to 12 units from courses with non-ENG prefixes that count towards the Complementary Studies requirement may also count as English electives in fulfillment of major requirements.

Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. Students should consult with a major advisor about how transfer units and/or SF State units can best be applied to this requirement in order to ensure degree completion within 60 units.


Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied.


Major Electives (9 units)

Three courses selected with the approval of an advisor.


Given catalog rights, fall 2023 transfer students do not need to complete an Area F course.