Departmental Advising & Support

Undergraduate Advising & Support Services

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The Department of Linguistics has a dedicated Director of Undergraduate Studies. This means our undergraduates get consistent advising, from a specific faculty member who has agreed to dedicate the time to guide you through our degree program.

Why study Linguistics? What’s required for a degree? It’s all summarized in our major/minor maps.


Individual Faculty Advising

You will find that making a strong academic connection with an individual faculty member or members is immensely useful to you as you develop your academic program and profile at the UO. An individual faculty advisor can discuss how you’re doing academically, give advice on courses to take and faculty to take them from, and write more than a perfunctory letter when you apply for jobs, graduate school, or professional school.

How do you go about getting an individual faculty advisor? Allow yourself to get immersed in your academic studies. Take advantage of the willingness of good faculty to work with students by going to office hours not just when you're having trouble with some material but when you're curious to learn more. All of us who are faculty enjoy and value the chance to work with committed students.

Schedule an Advising Appointment

Looking for in-depth information about your major or minor in Linguistics? If you have already declared a major, you can contact Spike Gildea, Director of Undergraduate Studies. He can offer expertise about your major, as well as detailed information about your major department and its curricular and co-curricular offerings. Spike will assist you as you work to complete the major (or minor) in Linguistics. He can help you develop a concrete plan of study so that you get through the major smoothly, or help you identify courses that complement your major and the particular focus you want to develop within the major. We recommend that you connect with Spike each term, preferably far enough along in the term that you know how the term is going but soon enough that you can use the advising meeting to set up your next term.


Meet Department advisors

Spike Gildea

Spike Gildea
Director of Undergraduate Studies

E-mail: spike@uoregon.edu
Phone: 541-346-0480
Office: 381 Straub Hall
Office Hours: Email for appointment
Faculty profile

Keli Yerian

Dr. Keli Yerian, SLAT Certificate Coordinator

E-mail: yerian@uoregon.edu
Phone: 541-346-4302
Office: 167 Straub Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1:30pm-3:30pm on Zoom
Faculty profile


Tykeson Advising

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If you’re exploring the full range of majors that might match your interests and strengths, we encourage you to visit the Tykeson College and Career Advising team in Tykeson Hall. Tykeson Academic and Career Advisors will help you clarify your interests, meet academic requirements, discuss career possibilities with Career Readiness Coaches, and put you in touch with the many resources available to help you succeed. The Tykeson College and Career Advising team can also help majors/minors in Linguistics plan courses, integrate activities to help with career preparation, answer questions about core education and university policies and procedures, and connect you with other resources for student success.

The Tykeson College and Career Advising in Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall is UO’s new advising center, located on 13th Avenue, between Johnson and Chapman Halls. You can schedule appointments with our Tykeson College and Career Advising team via the EAB Navigate app available in the App Store or Google Play.

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Front Desk Contact Information: Phone: 541-346-9200

The Global Connections Advising Team in Tykeson works closely with the Linguistics Advising Team to ensure students have a clear understanding of departmental requirements. Reach out to the Global Connections Advising Team for your advising needs!

Tykeson Academic and Career Advisors are available via Microsoft Teams for Drop-In Advising and 30 Minute Appointments for current students.

Online Appointment Information:

  • To schedule an online appointment, please:
    • use Navigate, available on the App Store and Google Play
    • call our front desk team at 541-346-9200, or
    • chat with our Front Desk and Intake Team using the "Chat with Tykeson's Front Desk" button above
  • All advising appointments will occur over the phone or computer/smartphone using Microsoft Teams. “Teams” is free to the UO community.
  • In advance of your appointment, please download Microsoft Teams to your smartphone and/or computer.
  • Set up your Microsoft Teams account with your UO e-mail address.
  • At the time of your appointment, the advisor will call you via Teams. If we are unable to get in touch with you through Teams, your advisor will call you at the phone number you provided.
  • Same-day appointments can be scheduled through our Intake and Operations Team at 541-346-9200 or Teams chat with Tykeson Advising Reception.

Online Drop-In Advising Information:

  • To join our queue for Online Drop-In Advising, please:
    • call our front desk team at 541-346-9200
    • chat with our Front Desk and Intake Team using the "Chat with Tykeson's Front Desk" button above
  • Online Drop-In Advising will occur over the phone or computer/smartphone using Microsoft Teams.  “Teams” is free to the UO community.
  • Please download Microsoft Teams to your smartphone and/or computer and set up your Microsoft Teams account with your UO e-mail address.
  • When an advisor is available, the advisor will call you via Teams. If we are unable to get in touch with you through Teams, your advisor will call you at the phone number you provided.

Flight Path Email:

The GC flight path email (GCflightpath@uoregon.edu) is also a great way to communicate with all of the flight path advisors.