Majors, minors + certificates

Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Computational Linguistics (CMLNBSMSBS)Department of Linguistics

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements.


The Bachelor of Science in Computational Linguistics studies how language works in order to determine how a computer can understand and work with language. Typical applications include machine translation, automatic summarization of texts, and intelligent computer-assisted language learning. The major includes foundational courses from linguistics, computer science and computational linguistics. Potential employers include large technology companies, start-ups, and universities and research institutes.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 45 credit hours* (57 credit hours with the Outside Focal Area), including the requirements listed below.

  1. Math and Logic Foundation.
    1. Mathematics. One (1) course:
    2. Statistics. One (1) course:
    3. Logic. One (1) course:
  2. Core.
    1. Linguistics.
      1. Introduction to Linguistic Analysis. One (1) course:
      2. Phonetics. One (1) course:
      3. Phonology. One (1) course:
      4. Syntax. One (1) course:
    2. Computational.
      1. Language and Computers. One (1) course:
      2. Corpus Linguistics. One (1) course:
      3. Foundational Skills in Computational Linguistics. One (1) course:
      4. Introduction to Computational Linguistics. One (1) course:
    3. Computer Science.
      1. Introduction to Computer Science. One (1) course:
      2. Introduction to Software Systems. One (1) course:
      3. Discrete Structures for Computer Science. One (1) course:
  3. Outside Focal Area. The outside focal area must consist of 12 credit hours at any level taken in one department. The following disciplines are appropriate for an outside concentration: cognitive science, computer science, informatics, mathematics, psychology, or a foreign language (must be different from the language used to fulfill the World Language and Culture Requirement). Alternatively, students can fulfill the requirement by completing a minor in any of these departments.
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • * In addition to the above undergraduate course requirements for the B.S. component of this program, accelerated B.S./M.S. degree students must complete all graduate coursework with a minimum grade of B- or above. A minimum grade of B is necessary to remain in good standing in the Graduate School. For specific graduate course requirements for the M.S. in Computational Linguistics, please see the University Graduate School Bulletin.

Bachelor of Science requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 36 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 2 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 2 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: Not required
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: Not required
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.