BA in Linguistics


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Program Description

BIU is Home to the World’s Leading Researchers in Linguistics

The B.A. program in linguistics in our department is designed to give students a solid background in the core areas of phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, as well as in more applied areas such as psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics. Studies in the department take place in English, but this is not the only language being studied; the approach in the department is that of general linguistics which aims to study human language and the human linguistic capacity. A B.A. in linguistics in our department provides students with the tools for analyzing any human language - English, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, or any other language.

Applicants should have a Psychometric score of at least 550; a score of 120 on the English Psychometric, or an Amir score of 220; and a Bagrut grade which includes 5 points in English. Alternatively, applicants with a Bagrut grade over 100 which includes 5 points in English with a grade of 85 or above and with an Amir grade of 220 or above may apply without a psychometric grade. You can use the online calculator to evaluate your chances of acceptance into the linguistics program. Applicants whose scores are only slightly below these levels might still be accepted on the basis of a departmental entrance exam.

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Tracks for B.A. Studies in Linguistics

Students have a wide choice in B.A. programs in linguistics, where they can choose whether to combine studies in linguistics with other studies. For certain combinations we offer a specialized program; for other combinations, you may choose the unplanned double major. The available tracks are:

  1. Expanded major in linguistics (without studies in other departments).
  2. Combined expanded major: an expanded major within the department combining mostly linguistics with a smaller number of courses in literature.
  3. The following planned double majors:
    1. Linguistics and English literature, for students interested in doing all their studies within the department of English Literature & Linguistics.
    2. Linguistics and Brain Science, for students who want to focus on language processing and brain research.
    3. Linguistics and French.
  4. Unplanned double major: equal specialization in linguistics and another area of studies (in any other department which offers a double major).
  5. "Major at your own pace" - New option for students whose jobs or other commitments leave them with less free time for taking classes. The requirements are the same as in the regular major, but they are taken over a five-year period, with fewer courses required each year.

Additionally, the direct M.A. program allows highly qualified undergraduate students to complete an M.A. without a thesis within four years of beginning their undergraduate studies or an M.A. with a thesis within five years.

The documents listed above also give you a sense of what each year of study is like:

  • First year: foundation courses, which mostly follows a pre-determined timetable.
  • Second year: advanced and elective courses in a number of areas, with some flexibility in course selection (mostly in the second semester).
  • Third year and beyond: advanced courses and seminars of your choice.


  • 184: Introduction to Linguistics
  • 286: Phonetics and Phonology
  • 287: Syntax
  • 289: Semantics
  • 517: Research methods
  • 522: Psycholinguistics
  • 586/587/589: Advanced phonology/syntax/semantics
  • Electives
  • Seminars


Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

Bar-Ilan University, founded in 1955, was one of the first comprehensive research universities to be established in Israel. From 70 students to 17,000, its milestone achievements in the sciences and ... Read More

Bar-Ilan University, founded in 1955, was one of the first comprehensive research universities to be established in Israel. From 70 students to 17,000, its milestone achievements in the sciences and humanities have made an indelible imprint on the landscape of the nation. The university has 8 faculties: Jewish Studies, Medicine, Engineering, Law, Life Science, Exact Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities. These faculties are active partners in national science and technology initiatives. Read less