Linguistics

Discover the power of language.

Do sounds and words intrigue you? Are you fascinated by the processes of language acquisition? Then consider majoring in linguistics, a vast discipline that analyzes language from many vantage points. From studying the most basic concepts of how sounds are combined into meaningful words and inflections to the complexities of how language is used to achieve goals, our program will introduce you to the full scope of the field. In addition to several core classes on linguistics, the program draws courses from anthropology, English, philosophy and psychology. By the time you graduate, you will have peered into the depths of the human mind and will be equipped with strong analytical skills that can be applied to many disparate fields. 

My professors’ enthusiasm for the field has inspired me to pick something I find fascinating. I’m really excited to begin working on my senior thesis because I know I have a great team of professors to help.

Emory Sullivan ’12

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Quick Facts

  • Linguistics has been referred to as the most scientific of the humanities, and the most humanistic of the sciences.
  • The typical student of linguistics is someone who likes studying foreign languages or the psychological, social and cultural aspects of language in general, and who is attracted to the field by its inherent interdisciplinarity.
  • Linguists don’t study only spoken languages — they also study sign languages.

Possible Careers

  • Speech pathologist or therapist in a hospital
  • Dialect coach for rising business executives
  • Teacher of English as a second language to recent immigrants