Major Code: PSYCLING
BA degree awarded
45 - 46 hours to complete
13 courses required
For the Declaration of Major Form, contact the department(s):


This joint major is unique to Emory and is designed to introduce students to fundamental aspects of the behavioral study of language, and in particular how an interdisciplinary approach to language from the psychological and linguistic perspectives inform language usage. Students receive introductory breadth in the study of both psychology and linguistics before tailoring their own focus within the study of language and communication.

Students are required to take 4 courses in the Fundamentals of Psychology:

  • Psychology 110: Intro to Psyc I. Psychobiology and Cognition

  • Psychology 111: Intro to Psyc II: Development, Social Behavior and Individual Difference

  • Psychology 200: Laboratory Methods

  • QTM 100: Introduction to Statistical Inference

Students are required to take 3 courses in the Fundamentals of Linguistics: Linguistics 101: History of the American Languages

  • Linguistics 201: Foundations of Linguistics

  • Linguistics 401: Language, Mind, and Society

Students are required to take 2 courses in Cognition:

  • Psychology 215: Cognition OR Psychology 310: Cognitive Development Psychology

  • Linguistics 309: Brain and Language OR Psychology/Linguistics 316: Language Acquisition.

Student are required to take 3 Electives:

  • One Psychology elective: There are many relevant psychology courses offered regularly on such topics as animal communication, nonverbal communication, and emotion and communication, as well as interesting courses in other areas of psychology.

  • Two Linguistics electives: There are a number of courses each semester in the Linguistics program as well as courses cross-listed between Linguistics and social science departments (e.g., Anthropology) or humanities departments (e.g., English, Middle Eastern Studies, Russian).

Students are required to take Directed Study Requirement

Students complete the joint major in psychology and linguistics by engaging in a four credit-hour, directed study research project with a faculty supervisor, Linguistics 499 or Psychology 499.


A/P Credit: Students who received a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Examination in Psychology will be granted an exemption from PSYC 111. The student will still be required to complete 13 courses total for the major, including the first half of the Introductory Requirement, PSYC 110. Students who receive A/P credit will need to take AN ADDITIONAL PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVE to fulfill the major.

Transfer Credit: Students who took a one-semester Intro course at another college will probably receive credit for PSYC 111. The student will be required to take 12 courses in the major, including the first half of the Introductory Psychology Requirement, PSYC 110.