Job Placement & Achievements

My linguistics training has been really valuable to me as an interpreter and translator (Russian and Spanish). Working as an interpreter in healthcare, I'm now able to apply the knowledge I've gained in my program and have helped design a variety of resources both for patients who need to communicate, and for leaders in the organization who work to advance the general state of language access both in our network and nationwide.

Zachary Lorang, alumnus

Recent graduates of our BA and MA programs have gone on to PhD study at a number of top linguistics programs, including:

  • University of Arizona
  • UC Berkeley
  • Indiana University
  • MIT
  • UMass-Amherst
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • University of Maryland
  • Stanford University

I now work as a bilingual speech pathologist and there are so many ways that my MA in linguistics benefits my current role. The ability to analyze language helps me find the path from a functional problem (a child feels isolated because their peers can't understand them) to the underlying linguistic abilities that need support (the child has specific phonological processes that make their speech hard to understand and is missing syntactic markers that limit their ability to communicate their ideas). Understanding patterns of natural variation between and within languages helps me complete these evaluations with a non-prescriptivist philosophy that respects language differences.

Mary C., alumna

Recent graduates of our BA, MA, and PhD programs are employed by a wide range of employers, both academic and non-academic, including:

  • University of Minnesota
  • Georgetown University
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
  • Rutgers University
  • Sauk Language Department
  • Waadookadaading Ojibwe Language Immersion School
  • ELS
  • College Possible
  • Google
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Birch Analytics
  • HealthEast
  • Sovos Compliance
  • United Language Group
  • Skyward Technology
  • University of Southern California
  • UCLA

I work as a Intelligence Analyst specializing in Chinese. My linguistics background gives me tools to think about language in a scientific way which is very helpful as an analyst, and also establishes credibility within the field.

Alexander, alumnus

My linguistics training has been very meaningful. I do more computational linguistic work (e.g. language modeling) now, and the knowledge and research and teaching experience from grad school well prepared me for that.

Borui Z., alumna