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Cognate Courses

Linguistics Majors may satisfy up to 12 credits of their major requirements via "Cognate" courses: courses in Linguistics offered outside the Michigan Linguistics department. A cognate course must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and courses will only be approved if more than half of their content is Linguistics. Minors may not satisfy requirements with cognate courses.

The courses listed below have already been approved as cognates; if you take one, just confirm with a Linguistics advisor that it appears correctly on your audit. For other cognate courses, including study-abroad courses, it is in your best interest to make an appointment with the Direct of Undergraduate Studies before registering, in order to discuss if the course might count towards the major. The DUS can pre-approve courses based on materials like a course syllabus, website, previous years' course materials, etc, so plan to bring such materials to your appointment. Even if a course is pre-approved, you will still have to bring all your materials from taking the course, including written work, tests, class notes, etc., for final approval after the course is completed.

Details on advising appointments are available at our Advising page

More details about cognate courses is available on our Non-Linguistics Courses for Linguistics major credit page.