Sydney - are you including transfers? I don't think everyone else's numbers include us. (EDIT: nvm, I just realized Writing is 4 years regardless of whether you're a transfer or not.)
Angie - are you sure you're looking at the major requirements? I was planning on minoring in linguistics and that's the same list of requirements I looked at.
DesireUSC - not really... just be patient. There used to be ways of kind of predicting it but USC has done a good job of getting rid of them each year.