Undergraduate Admissions

We welcome your application to our department, and hope you can join our community of scholars!

The Department of Linguistics recognizes that it operates on the territory of the Seneca Nation, a member of the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations Confederacy. Because of this, it places a special priority on supporting research on Haudenosaunee languages that is in line with its overall mission and, in particular, research led by members of the Haudenosaunee nations.

Incoming Students: Apply to the University at Buffalo

Incoming freshman or undergraduate transfer applicants who are interested in pursuing linguistics study must first apply and be accepted to the University at Buffalo.

When applying, you should indicate your intended major on the application form. All relevant information, including admissions criteria, the online application, dates and deadlines, and standardized test score requirements, can be found by visiting UB Undergraduate Admissions.

Current Students: Request to Change to the Linguistics or Languages Major or Minor

Current undergraduate students who are interested in majoring (Bachelor of Arts) or minoring in linguistics study must submit the CAS Major/Minor Change Request form. The department offers a general Linguistics BA, Computational Linguistics BS and minor in Linguistics.

Additionally, students may major or minor in ChineseGermanJapanese or Korean. Thirty-six credits are required to complete the major, eighteen credits to complete the minor.

Submit the CAS Major/Minor Change Request form to request one of the following changes to your academic plan:

  • Add a major, minor, or certificate in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Drop any major
  • Drop any minor


With questions about the undergraduate application process, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.