UG Programs in Linguistics

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4-year UG Programs in Linguistics with multiple exit options - Certificate, Diploma, BA, BA(Hons) and BA (Research) - are offered by the Faculty of Languages (first 4 semesters) and Department of Linguistics (last 4 semesters) in the K.M. Institute of Hindi and Linguistics of the University.

Motivation and Objectives

The purpose of this programme is to introduce the students to the extremely fascinating field of Linguistics and train them for research in this field. This course outline is prepared keeping in view that the students should have a sound background in different areas and sub-fields of Linguistics and its applied areas. At the same time, Linguistics being a strongly applied and empirical field, students should be well-equipped in such basic skills as data analysis and description. The broader aim of the program is to prepare the students for more higher education and possibly research in Linguistics.

Course Structure, Credit Requirements and Duration

UG programs in Linguistics is a 4-year programme spread over 8 semesters with multiple exit options at the end of each 2 semester period. In order to earn the Certificate in Arts with Linguistics as one of the subjects, the students will be required to complete a minimum of 12 credits in Linguistics and a total of 46 credicts over a period of 2 semesters. For Diploma these requirements are 24 and 92 credits respectively; for Bachelor it is 44 and 132 credits. The students will also have the option of getting the Bachelor's degree with a specialisation either in General Linguistics or in Computational Linguistics, depending on their choice of courses in the 5th and the 6th Semester. The students will also need to do an internship / project (qualifying in nature) across the 5th and 6th semester in order to earn the bachelor degree. 

For Bachelor in Research and Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), the students will need to complete a total of 40 credits in Linguistics across the 7th and the 8th semester and complete a dissertation of 8 credits in Linguistics across the two semesters. The students will also have the option of opting for a specialisation in General Linguistics or Computational Linguistics, depending on their choice of courses. Overall at the end of the 8th semester, the students will need to have earned 184 credits and got a minimum CGPA of 7.5 to get BA (Research) degree; in case of CGPA less than 7.5 and 184 credits, the students will be awarded a B.A. (Hons) in Linguistics degree. 

In general, the program gives a lot of flexibility to the students to explore courses from other departments; at the same time, it also gives them flexibility in the choice of courses within the department as well. At the same time, the course structure adheres to the guidelines by the Government of Uttar Pradesh / UGC for the undergraduate programs for the implementation of NEP-2020 both in terms of the total credits as well as the overall structure of the program.

Evaluation Pattern

The normal evaluation pattern of all the core and elective theoretical courses will be as follows (based on the instructions by the Government of Uttar Pradesh) -

    • Continuous Assessment: 25%

    • End-Sem Exam: 75% (written / practical exam of minimum 3 hours)

In general, for continuous assessment, sessionals (say, on an average 3 sessionals per course), quizzes and exercises / assignments (including readings) or other innovative ways of student participation, involvement and learning may be given. Since there is a separate report course in each semester, things like term papers and presentations may be avoided for individual courses. However, if the instructor feels that these might be the most appropriate modes of evaluating students then term papers or short projects may also be included for assessment. In such cases, group work may be encouraged and utilised. Things like class participation and attendance may be completely avoided or, if included, the weightage should not be more than 5% for such activities.

For each of the practical courses, the students will be required to produce a written report of the field-based / application-based task that they carried out, followed by an optional presentation. It will include mid-sem progress reports, presentations and other evaluation methods that will be taken as part of the continuous assessment for the course. There will be no end-sem examinations for these courses; however, faculty members are free to devise some mid-term assessments / presentations / partial assignments to ensure that students are making steady progress in these courses as well. The final report / application and its presentation will be before an external.

If the student opts for internship in the any of the semesters then it has to be of minimum 45 – 90 days and it could be done with an organisation from industry or any academic institution of repute (outside of the University).

Admission Requirements

Minimum Eligibility: Intermediate / +2 in any discipline

Number of Seats: 40 (20 Major + 20 Minor - this may be redistributed internally, if required) 

Mode of Admission: Entrance Exam / Interview / Merit (as decided by the admission committee)

Fee Structure

Semester Fees**: Rs. 5,000 per semester

Examination Fees**: Rs. 2,070 per semester

Dissertation Fees (if applicable)**: Rs. 1,000 (one time)

**Subject to revision and updation by the relevant bodies of the University / state government / any other competent body