The BA in Linguistics program provides students with training in the fundamentals of contemporary linguistic theories and methodologies for linguistic analysis, which will enable them to study languages scientifically for research, translation work, teaching, and other various purposes.

The undergraduate program in linguistics also encourages students to explore possible interdisciplinary connections between linguistics and other fields, including disciplines under the fields of social sciences, science, humanities, and education.

Students can choose from among three plans of study where, along with developing their specialization in linguistics, they can also specialize in an East Asian language, a foreign Southeast Asian language, or select cognate courses in a related discipline.

Aside from core courses in linguistics, all UP undergraduate students are also required to take general education courses. The UP General Education Program aims to:

  • Broaden intellectual & cultural horizons;
  • Hone critical & creative thinking;
  • Develop a passion for learning & scholarship;
  • Cultivate a high sense of intellectual & moral integrity; and
  • Foster a commitment to nationalism & social justice.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the BA in Linguistics program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the concepts, theories, and methodologies used in the analysis of linguistic structure, and patterns of language use in various cultural and social contexts;
  • Demonstrate understanding of processes of language change and variation, and the role of language in reflecting and constructing social identities;
  • Conduct archival and field research activities including collecting, organizing, and analyzing linguistic data from diverse languages, to form hypotheses about language structure/use and to test those hypotheses against new data;
  • Contribute to constructive change in local communities by drawing on their profound awareness of culturally and linguistically diverse communities’ needs;
  • Promote awareness of the importance of linguistic diversity, particularly in the Philippines; and
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through oral and written communication in order to conduct research in and on the language, compare and contrast linguistic features across different languages, and enrich their understanding of linguistic concepts as well as their awareness of diverse cultures, societal traditions and perspectives.

Find out more about the tracks available in our undergraduate program by clicking one of the links below.